Controversy Surrounds Appointment to West Virginia House of Delegates - State and Federal Communications

January 28, 2021  •  

Controversy Surrounds Appointment to West Virginia House of Delegates

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Republican Joshua Booth to fill the 19th House District seat vacated by Derrick Evans.

This comes after Evans’s arrest in connection with the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Justice chose Booth from a list of three candidates provided to him by Republican Party representatives.

However, the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee has filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the appointment.

According to the committee, Justice reportedly received two different lists of candidates.

The lawsuit argues state law requires Justice to choose a name from the original list submitted by the Wayne County Executive Committee, which did not include Booth.

In addition, the committee argues Justice should ignore the second list submitted by the chairman of the state Republican Party.

As a result, an expedited review by the West Virginia Supreme Court has been requested.

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