The 35th Delegate District is packed with experience and talent and presents very tough choices. The Daily Mail endorses Republicans Eric Nelson, Suzette Raines and John B. McCuskey; and Democrat Christopher Morris.
All are committed to changing the policies that deter investment and keep West Virginia poor, and all would be very effective legislators.
* Nelson, a graduate of Washington & Lee, has worked in banking and venture capital firms. Now president of the venture capital firm Nelson Enterprises, he has been very valuable in the Legislature.
* Raines, who has a public relations and marketing firm, has worked for business associations and knows the ropes at the capitol. She is fierce about changing the policies that kill the engine in West Virginia.
* McCuskey, a lawyer, has clerked at the American Center for Law and Justice, was confidential assistant to the general counsel of the Army, and is now an associate in energy litigation at Steptoe and Johnson. He will be an excellent change agent.
* Morris, now vice president for business development for Citynet, was state tax commissioner in the Manchin administration and chaired the governor's tax modernization project. That led to gradual elimination of the business franchise tax and reduction of the corporate net income tax, both of which will make the state more competitive. Very valuable.
Democrats seeking another pro-growther on their side should look to Doug Skaff, managing partner of Building and Remodeling Warehouse in Nitro. Skaff worked with Nelson to achieve this smaller, more accountable district in which they run.