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West Virginia Governor Taps Clements For State Senate Seat

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has picked Republican Charles Clements to fill a state Senate opening left by Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt’s election.

The governor’s office says Clements is a former member of the state House of Delegates. Clements currently serves as executive director of the West Virginia Route 2 and I-68 Authority and was on the governor’s transition policy committee on transportation.

Leonhardt, a Republican, left the 2nd District Senate seat by winning the agriculture commissioner race in November.

Clements served in the U.S. Army and owned Clements Oil Company for 34 years. He has operated H&R Block in New Martinsville since 2004.

The 2nd Senate District covers all of Wetzel, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie and Calhoun counties and parts of Marshall, Monongalia, Marion and Gilmer counties.