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West Virginia’s Speaker of the House resigns to focus on Supreme Court campaign

West Virginia Speaker of the House Tim Armstead has resigned from his post as House leader and delegate from Kanawha County.

Armstead made the announcement Tuesday afternoon on Twitter with plans to focus his efforts on the special election for a West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

He is one of at least nine candidates who’ve filed paperwork to run for a seat vacated by retired Justice Menis Ketchum. 

"Although the Secretary of State’s Office has said that it is not required that I resign from the House in order to run for the court, I want to ensure that my candidacy fully complies with all state laws and standards of conduct and is above question, " stated Armstead.

Armstead had been a member of the House of Delegates since 1998. He became Speaker of the House in 2015.

"It has been a tremendous honor to represent the people of the Elk River communities and northern Kanawha County in the House for the past two decades," stated Armstead. 

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