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Blair seeking re-election to W.Va. House

January 30, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Del. Craig Blair formally announced Monday that he filed for re-election to the state House of Delegates, saying in a news release that he wanted to "continue the fight" to provide economic fairness and equality to Eastern Panhandle residents.

"When I first ran for delegate in 2002, I was just a husband, father and small businessman frustrated by the governmental policies coming out of Charleston (W.Va.)," said Blair, 48, of Martinsburg.

"My Eastern Panhandle colleagues and I have made steady progress since then, but we still have more work to do. The job's not over yet, and I always work hard to finish anything I start."

Blair has represented residents in the 52nd district, a small portion of southeastern Morgan County and several precincts of Berkeley County generally west and north of Martinsburg, since he took office in January 2003.

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As of Monday, Blair was not opposed in his bid to be the Republican Party's nominee in the May 13 primary election but apparently will have an opponent in the Nov. 4 general election, according to West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland's office.

Democrat Mike Roberts of Hedgesville, W.Va., filed to be his party's nominee for the 52nd district seat Thursday, one day before Blair, according to Ireland's office.

"I'm thrilled to have an opponent," Blair said in his announcement. "There's nothing I look forward to more than a good debate on the issues. I know I'm a target of a lot of special-interest groups because I'm aggressive and I speak my mind. But I wouldn't have it any other way."

Blair operates Sunset Water Services in Martinsburg.

He resides with his wife, Andrea, and is the father of two children, Philip and Saira.

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