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Appointed W.Va. State Senator Says He Won't Run In 2020

Will Price
West Virginia Legislative Photography

West Virginia state Sen. Paul Hardesty says he's not running to keep his Senate seat in 2020.

The Logan County Democrat on Thursday announced that he will not seek the position in the next election. He says the decision came after he consulted with his family.

In a statement, Hardesty said he hopes whoever runs for the seat is aware that his southern West Virginia district is hurting in the wake of a declining coal market and drops in property values. He says tough times are ahead for the area.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice appointed Hardesty to the Senate in January after Richard Ojeda resigned to run for president of the United States. Ojeda abandoned his presidential bid after about two months, saying he wasn't getting enough money or attention.

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