Greenbrier County Delegate Todd Longanacre will not seek re-election in 2024

By Matthew Young, RealWV

If you’re seeking elected office in West Virginia, today is a very important day, as it is the last day to file your candidacy with the Secretary of State’s Office. So whether you want to be the county sheriff, a state delegate, or even the next governor, it’s now or never. 

Well, maybe not never. But if you don’t file today, you’ll be waiting another couple of years. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say, “It’s time to put your money where your mouth is.” 

But since I mentioned state delegates, Greenbrier County has certainly played its fair share of hot potato with those seats in the last four years. We began 2020 with Democrats Jeff Campbell and Cindy Lavender Bowe. But after both were defeated in general elections that November, we began 2021 with Republicans Barry Bruce and Todd Longanacre. After Bruce’s health-related retirement halfway through his term, we began 2022 with Delegates Mike Honaker (Republican) and Todd Longanacre. 

In the summer of 2023, Honaker resigned his seat, and was soon replaced with the now Democrat-turned-Republican Delegate Jeff Campbell. This brings us to where we are now – the beginning of 2024 – with Delegates Jeff Campbell and Todd Longanacre.

Campbell has filed his candidacy for District 46, as have his Republican primary opponents Trey Ewing and Thomas Perkins. In District 47, Republicans George Ambler, Ray Canterbury, and Stephen Snyder have all filed to challenge for the seat. One name, however,  is conspicuous by its absence – Todd Longanacre. 

“I will not be seeking re-election at this time,” Del. Todd Longanacre said while speaking with RealWV on Thursday. “In 2019, as I was campaigning the first time, I signed a term-limit pledge. In 2022, I signed a second term-limit pledge as it was circulating there on the House floor one morning. I don’t know what organization it was. I think Mike Honaker and I signed it at the same time. On that one, I actually put ‘two terms’ in parenthesis.”

Longanacre said he believes his constituents have agreed with his voting record, and that he has represented them well. 

“People have said, ‘Oh, Longanacre wouldn’t be there but for that red tide that swept across West Virginia and Greenbrier County in 2020,’” Longanacre said. “And let’s say that’s true because nobody knew who I was. But when I campaigned I said ‘I promise you, when I come down here, I’ll be one of the most conservative members in the state congress.’”

“I have kept that promise,” Longanacre added.

According to Longanacre, he is one of just four West Virginia House members to recently receive a 100% rating from CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee).

“I don’t get donations from them, or petition them,” Longanacre said. “But they look at the voting habits of all the state legislators in all 50 states.”

“I’m proud of that,” Longanacre added. “And I did that not seeking a rating, I did that trying to keep my campaign promises – to keep smaller government, to give you back more of your personal earnings, to keep intrusive government out of your life as much as possible, try to deregulate businesses so they can grow and thrive, and try to encourage businesses to come to West Virginia.”

“I’ve kept my promise with my votes, and I’m going to honor that term limit pledge that I signed,” Longanacre noted.

While Longanacre will not be seeking re-election in 2024, he has not ruled out a potential future bid for office. 

“I never did say that I would never come back,” Longanacre said. “I retire in four years from my current job as a JROTC instructor, which I love. Any time I’m here, I’m not with those students, and I feel like I’m slighting them by not being there. I need to focus on that job for the next four years.”

Primary Election Day in West Virginia is Tuesday, May 14. Early in-person voting begins on Wednesday, May 1. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, April 23. General election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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