Meeting on replacing Thompson set for Monday
By LACIE PIERSON
WAYNE — The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee will meet next week to move forward the process of selecting a replacement for West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson.
Thompson is resigning from the Legislature to join Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s Cabinet as secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.
Committee members anticipate Thompson’s departure to become official on Saturday, June 15, and the meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, in the Wayne County Courthouse, according to a press release from the committee.
During the meeting, the committee will nominate three individuals. Their names will be submitted to Tomblin, who will select one person to fill the vacancy. That person only will replace Thompson in the role of delegate and will not become Speaker of the House.
Letters of intent from those interested in being selected to serve out Thompson’s unexpired term as delegate for the 19th District will be accepted until Monday.
Any registered Democrat residing in District 19 is eligible to fill the vacancy, and all individuals, who have mailed or hand-delivered their letters of intent before the meeting will be allowed three minutes to address the committee.
Letters may be hand-delivered to Chairman Rodney Thompson to ensure they are received prior to the meeting.
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