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Charles Town man files for W.Va. Senate seat

November 23, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - After initially expressing interest in a local state Senate seat then deciding to run for governor, Bob Adams now is back to running for the Senate seat.

The Charles Town Republican has announced he will run for the 16th District Senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Yoder, R-Jefferson.

Yoder said earlier this month that he will run for a local circuit court judge seat.

Adams initially expressed interest in Yoder's position, but Adams encouraged Yoder to seek re-election.

Adams decided he instead would seek the governor's seat.

Now with Yoder setting his sights on a judge's seat, Adams said he has decided to run for Yoder's position.

Adams said Wednesday he did not think his actions would confuse voters because it still is early in the 2008 election process.

"If they are, we will clear up that confusion very quickly," Adams said.

Adams said he wanted to run for governor to ensure the Republican Party would have a candidate to run against Gov. Joe Manchin.

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Adams, 38, of Falcon Ridge Drive, said he now is confident a strong GOP candidate for governor will emerge.

Now that Yoder's seat has opened, Adams said he wants to "make sure the residents of the Eastern Panhandle will continue to have their interests represented in Charleston by someone with the passion and commitment to work hard on their behalf."

Adams said he is putting $25,000 of his money into the race to demonstrate his commitment to holding the seat and will open a campaign headquarters before the end of the year.

Adams ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2004 and Del. Locke Wysong's seat last year. Wysong is a Democrat who represents Jefferson County in the House of Delegates.

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