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West Virginia Delegate announces candidacy for State Senate

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:35 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) - Republican Ben Queen has been elected for three terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing Harrison and parts of Taylor County. Now, he plans to switch gears.

Queen announced Thursday morning his candidacy for the West Virginia State Senate as he filed the official paperwork at the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office in Clarksburg. He hopes to represent the 12th Senatorial District, which currently, the seat is held by Democrat Mike Romano.

Queen says since he has been one of the youngest delegates in the house, he hopes to continue being the voice for those of his generation if elected into the state senate. He expressed his passion for helping young entrepreneurs.

“I’m chair of the small business committee in the house. That’s my passion and I’ve tried to stay in that lane and try to represent not only small business owners but encourage entrepreneurship,” Queen said.

“I think young people are a little more driven to start their own business, so making sure that when the government needs to intervene, I want to try to give that full time effort.”

Queen is the first to formally announce his running for the 2022 election cycle.

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