Smith Looks to Separate Himself From Three Other Republicans Running in 27th District


PRINCETON, W.Va (WOAY) – Republican Doug Smith has joined the pool of candidates running for the three seats in the House of Delegates in the 27th district.

Smith grew up in Kansas but found his home in West Virginia after serving in the state during his 34-year tenure in the U.S. Army. Once he found out John Shott would not be returning to the House, he wanted Republicans to keep control so he threw his hat in. Smith will be taking on incumbents Eric Porterfield and Joe Ellington as well as former House member Marty Gearhart. The four will be vying for three seats.

He separates himself from the other three running by saying he is not a “single-issue candidate.” His platform is centered around tax and business regulation reform and continuing with education reform. Even though he has never served as an elected official before, he says his military experience has taught him everything he knows about serving and compromise. 

“I would like to see West Virginia as a place that everybody wants to come home but people will come home and we have to improve the business environment here,” Smith said. “And if we don’t improve the business environment here, and like I said before that’s education, that’s roads, that’s broadband making this a state that businesses want to come to and when businesses start coming here, then people will come.” 

The 27th district includes Mercer and parts of  Raleigh County. The primary will take place on May 12th of 2020. 

Anna Saunders

Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.