Councilman files for House race

ELKINS – Another Elkins resident has filed to run in the Republican primary for a District 43 seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Lonnie E. Randall filed on Monday, and he joins Charles Kinnison of Elkins on the primary ballot.

They are challenging incumbents William Hartman, D-Randolph, and Denise Campbell, D-Randolph.

Randall represents the 1st Ward on the Elkins City Council. Kinnison held the same position from 2011-2013. Randall defeated Kinnison by 27 votes last year.

Randall said he decided to run so he could make a change. “Our country has faced many struggles for the last four to five years,” he said. “Lots of small businesses have gone out of business, and lots of things need changed.”

He added, “I think I can bring new ideas to the table. I want to help stop the war on coal. I think it is ridiculous that so many coal mines are closing.”

Another issue is protection of Second Amendment rights. “I believe we have the right to bear arms and own a gun.”

Randall said, “I think what we need in Charleston is a common-sense type of guy,” and he added, “I am in touch with the citizens, and I want to be the voice of residents of Randolph and Pocahontas counties.”

He is a long-time resident of Elkins, drives a school bus for the Randolph County school system, manages a small car lot and is an ATV safety instructor. He is an honorary member of the Elkins Volunteer Fire Department after 10 years of active service.

He said he will remain on Elkins City Council if elected to the House of Delegates.

“Over the last 10 months, I have learned a great deal while serving on City Council,” Randall said. “I want to take that knowledge to the next level.”

Randall said he does not think the House of Delegates race is about being a Republican or a Democrat.

“I want to help our state and its residents,” he said. “It’s about being the best person for the job, and I believe that is me.”