CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegates are expected to meet in two weeks to decide the next speaker of the House.
Although the leading contenders for the position met Thursday, there's still no consensus candidate.
"Nope, not yet. We're not there," said House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo.
White and House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, are the two delegates vying to replace Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne. Last month Thompson announced he would step down as speaker to take the position of cabinet secretary for the Department of Veterans Assistance.
Current Secretary Keith Gwinn is resigning because of health reasons. In a letter sent Wednesday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Gwinn said the resignation is effective June 15. Thompson is expected to step down the same day. Once he resigns, Tomblin has 10 days to call a special session of the House.
Miley said Thursday he heard from the governor's office that Tomblin will call the session for June 18.
Almost immediately following Thompson's announcement, Democrats have jockeyed to find the next speaker. Miley and White emerged as the frontrunners for the spot after current members of House leadership couldn't agree on a single candidate.
Both candidates quickly sought public endorsements. Miley says he has close to 40 delegates, more than the 28 needed to have the majority of Democrats in the House. White said some of the delegates openly supporting Miley have told him they'd vote for him in a secret ballot.