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Kanawha delegate officially withdraws

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

CHARLESTON, — A Kanawha County state delegate has officially withdrawn her re-election bid.

West Virginia secretary of state spokesman Jake Glance confirmed Monday that Republican Suzette Raines has withdrawn.

Raines said in a text message to reporters Monday that she needed time to heal after her mother’s death in March. Raines also cited the end of an engagement after a long-term relationship.

Either Raines or the Kanawha GOP can request a replacement candidate by Tuesday. The State Election Commission would need to approve.

The state Democratic Executive Committee filed a complaint against Raines in Kanawha County Circuit Court on July 21. The complaint alleged that Raines doesn’t live where she claims.

It also alleged that Raines hasn’t filed several campaign finance reports or a financial disclosure report, and didn’t sign previous disclosures.