GILBERT — The Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) submitted three names to potentially replace Delegate Harry Keith White’s vacant house seat in the 21st District.
The DEC met at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center at 1:00 p.m. to nominate three people for the delegate position.
White recently resigned to take a job in the private sector.
White opened the meeting with an explanation of his reason for leaving.
“I felt like I could do a better job working on economic development in southern West Virginia,” said White. “Democrats are the minority right now and even though they still respect me, it is hard to pull the trigger and get things on the agenda and the bills because they (republicans) have the final say,” White continued.
The official meeting then began by opening in prayer before the DEC introduced themselves to those who had attended the meeting. Jeremy Blankenship, Shelby Mullens, Phyllis White, Abigail Toler and Gary Kennedy were in attendance at the meeting.
Also in attendance was Mingo County Commissioner, Greg “Hootie” Smith who was nominated to Chair the meeting.
The first name to be nominated was Phyllis White. White is a long time DEC member who is also married to Harry Keith White. Phyllis White recently retired from her position as principal at Gilbert Elementary School after being named the RESA 2 Principal of the Year.
The second name to be nominated was Regina Lamb. Lamb is a long time employee of The Bank of Mingo where Harry Keith White is Chairman.
The last name to be nominated was Gilbert, W.Va. resident Roy Grimmett. Grimmet is a long time member of the Kiwanis Club.
“I’m very honored to have been nominated,” said Phyllis White. “I have served on this committee for years and have worked alongside my husband so I feel like I have a good understanding of how the system works. I have also worked in Mingo County as a teacher for many years and have a personal relationship with the people of this area.”
The three nominations will be sent to the West Virginia Governors office where Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will appoint someone to replace Harry Keith White.
(Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.)