Former WV State Delegate Randy Swartzmiller recently announced that he will be running for the WV State Senate in the First Senatorial District in the upcoming May 10th Primary election.

Swartzmiller, who served in the WV House of Delegates for 16-years and rose to the position of Speaker Pro Tempore, said the citizens of the First District deserve a Senator who understands the process, the budget and will put partisan politics aside to move WV forward.

Swartzmiller stated in his announcement.  “I am running to bring my experience to the State Senate, to ensure the people of the First District will have a Senator who will be able to provide them the representation they deserve. We don’t need 34 Democrats or 34 Republicans in the State Senate, what we need is 34 common sense West Virginians who will put partisan politics aside and bring true representation for the people back to Charleston. Far too often, the politicians in Charleston forget about us here in the Northern Panhandle. As your Senator, I’ll make sure we get our fair share.”

Swartzmiller said,” I believe everyone should have a voice; should be treated equally, fairly and with respect. Over the last few months as I travelled the district, I heard every day from hard working people who want a leader that will give them hope and listen to their voices; they don’t want the Washington style politics in Charleston.  We are Americans and West Virginians first. I have always been a middle of the road guy and have always been willing to work with both sides of the aisle. My campaign won’t be about a partisan political agenda; it will be about the citizens of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties who deserve the best representation possible in Charleston.”

Swartzmiller was born and raised in Hancock County, WV and has worked at Ergon-WV, Inc. for the past 18-years. Like many people in the Northern Panhandle he worked in the steel industry for more than 20-years where he was a third-generation steelworker. While working at Weirton Steel Corporation he graduated from West Liberty State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to Mountain State University where he earned his Master of Science degree.

Randy and his wife, the former Jeanmarie Skerbetz, have been married for 30-years. They reside in Chester and are the proud parents of two daughters, Taylor and Molly and two dogs Dexter and Tink.