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MOUNDSVILLE — Incumbent delegate Lisa Zukoff will face two challengers Nov. 8 in the race for the District 7 seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Zukoff, D-Marshall, is running against Republican Charles Sheedy and Mountain Party candidate Dylan Parsons.

— Zukoff, first elected in 2018, is seeking her third two-year term in the House and is a full-time legislator. The Moundsville resident thanked voters for already electing her in the last two elections.

Before entering politics, she was executive director of the Wheeling Housing Authority and worked in her small family business, Accessories Ltd. Moundsville.

She believes the connections she made while she was director of housing helped her as a legislator, as she got to know many people and learned more about the government process.

“I live in the community and work from home, and I see my constituents all the time — not just during election season,” she said. “I’m outside and I listen to people. I believe that communication and human relations are essential.

Zukoff said the most pressing issue West Virginia faces is taking care of its children.

His efforts in the Legislature have focused on the high number of young people in foster care in the state, as well as the high number of children being raised by their grandparents.

“We need to give them the help they need to thrive in the future, stay in the state and become productive citizens,” she said.

Zukoff noted that she also voted “yes” to every economic development package introduced in the House.

“Our kids are leaving because the jobs aren’t there,” she said. “Yet we also need an educated workforce for them to come here.”

Zukoff said the issue she hears about most from voters is road conditions.

She said she plans to continue advancing a bill first introduced by her predecessor, Marshall County Commissioner Mike Ferro, when he was a delegate. This legislation would direct a percentage of oil and gas tax revenue generated in a county to that county for the purpose of repairing roads damaged by oil and gas trucks.

– Cameron’s Sheedy said he was ‘pro-life, pro-God and pro-gun’.

“I’m running because I watched what my opponent was promoting in Charleston and decided that’s not what the people of Marshall and Wetzel counties want,” he said. .

Sheedy said he would focus on seniors’ issues, veterans’ benefits and improving infrastructure.

“We need to cut taxes for seniors, veterans and help our military,” he continued. “I’m a veteran myself.”

Sheedy said he would work in the Legislature to exempt Social Security and retirement benefits received by seniors from personal income tax.

Sheedy served in the military for more than 37 years with the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard, and retired as a Master Sergeant.

He is also retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways, where he worked for 30 years. Sheedy started there as an equipment operator, then retired as Marshall County Administrator for the DOH.

“Yes, the Highways Department is broken and needs fixing,” he said. “I have spoken with House and Senate leaders about the DOH remedy, as well as other state agencies.

“Wages must be increased drastically to attract and retain workers. Equipment must be purchased to do the job. They don’t have the equipment they need.

– Parsons, of New Martinsville, said he is the working-class candidate.

“Since the founding of West Virginia, it has been exploited and sold by the two-party system,” he said. “One hundred years ago, our working class miners took up arms at Blair Mountain. We now have a Coal Baron Governor (Governor Jim Justice) who has been supported by both parties.

“No party represents the working class.”

Parsons is a New Martinsville native who graduated from Magnolia High School in 2016 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from West Liberty University in 2020.

He works for Northwood Health Systems as a direct care provider.

“I come from a working-class family,” Parsons said. “I was always moving from house to house because my parents rented different accommodations and I never had a stable place to live. Sometimes there was no stable income, and it affected my outlook on life.

“No matter which party was in control, it seemed like we were always struggling to make ends meet. All we saw were corporate documents from both parties.

He said the first thing he hears from voters is the need for better paying jobs.

“People can’t make ends meet,” Parsons said. “They don’t get paid what they’re worth, can’t pay rent, and can’t put food on the table.”

He suggested that the state would prosper through the legalization of cannabis.

“Polls show around 70% would support him, and it’s high time we did,” Parsons continued. “It’s really something that people from all parties agree on. It would generate revenue and help fund our schools.

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