MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Rusty Morgan appeared to have a sizable advantage in campaign contributions when he ended his bid this week to be Berkeley and Jefferson county residents' next state senator because of deteriorating eyesight.
The vice president of the Jefferson County Commission had received $9,200 in contributions from more than 30 contributors, according to the latest figures tallied by now-former campaign treasurer Kenneth Apple, a Martinsburg accountant.
In a press release Monday, Morgan, 64, said he regretted his decision to withdraw and had agonized over it.
"I am encouraged by the many good things happening in our area and will continue to work for the betterment of Jefferson County for the remainder of my term as commissioner and as a private citizen thereafter," said Morgan, who did not return messages left at his home or on his mobile phone.
In the release, Morgan said he underwent four operations to repair detached retinas and that reading and driving had become difficult and stressful in the last several months.