West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to Seek Re-Election in 2020

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he’ll seek re-election in 2020.

Justice announced his intentions Monday in White Sulphur Springs.

Justice was elected as a Democrat in 2016 in a largely self-funded campaign, then switched to the Republican Party less than a year later.

Justice has spearheaded major road projects that were approved by voters in 2017 through a $1.6 billion bond referendum.

His term has coincided with an economic rebound in West Virginia. State revenue collections have surpassed tax estimates for eight consecutive months.

But the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.2 percent in November was the third highest in the nation behind Alaska and Washington, D.C., and far above the national rate of 3.7 percent.