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Barnes files for re-election to W.Va. Senate

January 26, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Sen. Clark Barnes announced Friday that he filed for a second four-year term in the West Virginia State Senate.

According to a news release, Barnes said his decision to run again was to continue the progress that has been made in the past three years.

"Serving the residents of the 15th District has been and will continue to be his first priority," Barnes said in the news release.

Now Senate Minority Whip, Barnes of Randolph County, said he was the first Randolph County Republican to win a seat in the State Senate since 1929.

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He defeated Randolph County Democrat Mike Ross, who filed for the seat on Jan. 14, according to West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland's office.

Barnes said he delayed filing for office because he received "pressure" from GOP operatives who considered him as a candidate for the statewide offices of Secretary of State or Governor.

The 15th district is the largest of the State Senate's 17 and includes Randolph, Pocahontas, Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire, Morgan, and portions of Upshur, Grant and Berkeley counties.

Barnes cited his involvement in issues pertaining to private property rights and victims of sexual predators, and noted his avid support of Second Amendment gun ownership and the rights of homeowners to defend their homes and families without fear of liability from lawsuits.

"It has been a great pleasure to serve the citizens of the 15th Senatorial District," Barnes said.

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