Sen. Bob Ashley, R-Roane, has filed to run for election to the full, four-year term in the Third Senatorial District, which encompasses Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, and a portion of Roane Counties.

"I am running for the State Senate because I feel I can best represent the needs and interests of the residents of this district," says Ashley. "I have a consistent record of constituent service, helping those who need assistance with state government, and bringing issues before the legislature which directly affect our area. I believe that I can more effectively present those viewpoints. I am not a one-issue senator, but have worked tirelessly on a broad spectrum of concerns."

The law requires that no two senators can be from the same county. When Sen. Ashley was appointed, for the first time in several years, Wood County was not the home of a sitting state senator. His choice to file for the full-term means that a Wood County resident will fill the unexpired term. As of midnight, January 30, the end of the filing period, records from the office of the Secretary of State, where candidate filing occurs, show that three Vienna residents have filed for the unexpired term.

"I feel I can best serve the residents of the Third Senatorial District in a four-year term. By vying for this seat, this allows Wood County to be served by a Senator from Wood County. I believe I can team with this person to offer the best constituent services and the most responsible voice in Charleston," says Ashley.

Sen. Ashley has a long history of legislative service. He was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1984, and has served for 15 terms. He was House Minority Leader from 1994-1998, and has served in various leadership capacities. On September 15, 2015, Sen. Ashley was appointed to this seat to replace Sen. David Nohe, who had resigned. He currently serves on the Senate Judicary, Heath and Human Resources, Economic Development, Military, and Natural Resources committees, is vicechairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, and on several interim committees.

Sen. Ashley is an insurance agent in Spencer and owner of Ashley Insurance Agency. He is married to Anita Harold Ashley, a Spencer attorney, and they have two adult sons, Ben and Sam. Ashley is a graduate of Marshall University.

Primary election day is Tuesday, May 10, 2016. You can learn more about Bob Ashley and his campaign by visiting www.bobashleywv.com

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