Delegate Porterfield, District 27

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After trying something he’d never done before and beating the odds as a result, Eric Porterfield was elected into the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 27 Tuesday.

“It [running for office] was something I felt the Lord was leading me to do, so I put my name in. I obviously have a severe disability… you throw that and tell any professor or anyone looking into political science that you’re gonna try to win a political office in 97 days, they’re going to laugh you to scorn,” said Porterfield.

Without any previous political experience and no campaign strategy, he did win. In addition to defeating the odds, he also became the first blind republican in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

“What I am about to do is very do-able. It will be just business as usual for me. It’s not anything that I’m not already doing… it’s just in different areas of life,” he said.

According to Porterfield, running alongside his opponents was an enjoyable experience for him and he’s ready to get down to business.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

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