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Skaff files as Republican pre-candidate for Secretary of State 

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BY: LORI KERSEY – West Virginia Watch

Doug Skaff, the former minority leader for the West Virginia House of Delegates who resigned from office last month, filed Thursday as a Republican pre-candidate to run for Secretary of State. 

Skaff was one of only 11 Democrats in the 100-member House of Delegates when he stepped down as minority leader in August. At the time, denied rumors he planned to switch his party registration to Republican and run for a statewide office.

Skaff did not immediately respond to a text message seeking an interview. 

During an interview with West Virginia Watch when he resigned from the House last month, Skaff said he was considering both switching parties and running for statewide office. 

“I’ve had meetings with both sides,” Skaff said. “…People recruit me all the time to run for state Senate, for Secretary of State, for Auditor, Treasurer, I’ve been asked the last four years or so, ‘why don’t you run for this? Or ‘why don’t you run for that?’ Every two years I get asked to run for state Senate, both Democrat or Republican. I’ve been a moderate conservative, middle-of-the road type of guy. I can probably relate with both parties on certain issues.”

Skaff joins five other Republicans who have filed as pre-candidates for the position: Steve Harris, former senator Kenny Mann, Del. Chris Pritt, Wesley Self and Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood.  

Skaff is the president of HD Media, a newspaper chain that includes the Charleston Gazette-Mail and Huntington Herald-Dispatch. He’s also vice president of his family’s business, Skaff Family Limited Company, and owner and managing partner of Building & Remodeling Warehouse in Nitro. 

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