Snyder plans another Senate run

March 22, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Saying he has won his battle with alcohol addiction, former state senator and Jefferson County Commissioner Herb Snyder announced Wednesday that he has filed precandidacy papers to run again for state Senate.

Snyder, who will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the local state Senate seat next May, said he decided to run after learning that current Sen. John Yoder, R-Jefferson, may not run for re-election.

Yoder is considered a contender for a state Supreme Court seat next year and told The Herald-Mail last week that he is considering forming an exploratory committee.

While he was senator, Snyder was charged with first-offense driving under the influence and DUI over .10 percent after he was pulled over in his car at the Jefferson County Fair on Aug. 21, 2003.


Snyder, 53, pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was fined $500.

Snyder has said previously that he went to a drug and alcohol treatment center in Shippensburg, Pa., for a drinking problem and attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

In a news release announcing his Senate candidacy Wednesday, Snyder said he openly speaks of his personal journey that has led him to 3 1/2 years of sobriety and said he has a "renewed perception on life and public service.

"My desire is to show all those struggling with addiction that there is hope," said Snyder, who lives with his family near Shenandoah Junction.

Snyder said some people have asked him to run for Jefferson County Commission, but "my heart's in Charleston (W.Va.). My job's not finished down there," he said.

Snyder said local lawmakers must act as a cohesive force in Charleston to deal with the unique challenges facing the Panhandle.

Snyder was on the county commission from 1991 to 1996 and served two four-year terms in the Senate before being defeated in 2004.

Jefferson County Republican Bob Adams also has filed precandidacy papers for Yoder's seat.

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