Kanawha Delegate Plans to Drop Re-Election Bid

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Kanawha County delegate is dropping her re-election bid.

Republican Suzette Raines says in a text message sent Thursday to media outlets that she plans to withdraw her name from the November ballot.

Due to personal reasons, Raines says she's unable to withstand what she calls an "ugly political battle" waged against her by the Democratic Party. She says she won't discuss those reasons.

The state Democratic Executive Committee filed a complaint against Raines in Kanawha County Circuit Court on July 21.

The complaint alleged that Raines doesn't live where she claims. The complaint also alleged that Raines hasn't filed several campaign finance reports or a financial disclosure report, and didn't sign previous disclosures.

Raines says she and her attorney are working to resolve problems with her filings.

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