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The 2020 election will be here before we know it. This is an especially important election cycle for educators in West Virginia so we need to start looking ahead now. Keep checking this page for updates on news and events surrounding the 2020 election. 

Changes in the Legislature

There will be some changes in the faces you see during the 2020 legislative session. In the Senate, Senator Greg Boso (R- Nicholas) resigned his seat due to a career change requiring more of his time. Governor Jim Justice has selected John “J.R.” Pitsenbarger to fill the vacancy in the Eleventh Senatorial District. Pitsenbarger is the owner and operator of Pitsenbarger Farms in Nicholas County and has been a field enumerator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Charleston. He currently serves as vice president of the West Virginia Farm Bureau and chairman of the Board of Governors of the WVU Extension Service for Nicholas County.

In the House, Delegate Jason Harshbarger resigned his seat after accepting a job as a lobbyist for the natural gas company Dominion Resources. Gov. Justice appointed Trenton C. Barnhart to the seat in District 7. Barnhart is a lifelong resident of Pleasants County. He attended St. Marys High School and currently resides in St. Marys, West Virginia.

Also in the House, Delegate Sharon Malcolm passed away this fall leaving her seat open. Gov. Justice appointed T. Kevan Bartlett of Sissonville to the seat representing the 39th District. Bartlett is the senior pastor of the Maranatha Baptist Church in Sissonville.

(We will continue to update this section with any additional changes.) 

House Party

To officially kick-off of the 2020 presidential campaign, with one year to go until Election Day, NEA will be holding a nationwide House Party on November 6th, 2019. The WVEA will be participating in this endeavor by hosting a House Party right here at the WVEA Headquarters in Charleston! Join us on November 6th for a discussion on candidates, education, and efforts you can make within your community to gear up for the election. In addition to speaking with education supporters alike, there will be a special video call by NEA’s very own Lily Eskelsen Garcia to get us even more excited about the possibilities in 2020! All you need to do to sign up is follow this link: