Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, officially announced Thursday he plans to run for longtime state Sen. Brooks McCabe‘s seat in 2014. McCabe, also a Democrat, has held 17th District Senate seat since 1999 but announced earlier this week he would not seek re-election.
“Brooks has been a great statesman, mentor and friend,” he said in an emailed statement Thursday afternoon. “It would be privilege to continue the advocacy Brooks has demonstrated.”
Skaff was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2008. He currently serves as chairman of the House’s Small Business and Economic Development Committee, as well as the Workforce Development Committee.
Skaff also is the assistant majority whip, and a member of the House Finance and Roads and Transportation committees.
“Since my first day in the House of Delegates I have thrived due to the support and input from constituents, county and local officials, civic groups and our entire community,” Skaff said. “These contributions have enabled me to be a positive force over the past five years as I’ve worked to build consensus, produce solutions and think creatively about our state’s problems.”
Skaff recently helped in House Finance Chariman Harry Keith White‘s bid for Speaker of the House. He also briefly considered a run for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito‘s U.S. House seat.
The race for McCabe’s seat will pit Skaff against another Kanawha county delegate, newly-elected Republican Suzette Raines. Raines announced in April she would run for the upper chamber in 2014, saying she did not appreciate the infighting in the House of Delegates and hoped to join the more collegial state Senate.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Skaff manages his family’s business Building and Remodeling Warehouse in Nitro and is vice-president of Skaff Development, a property development company. He is a West Virginia University graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in industrial relations and business management.
McCabe said he might run for office again in the future, but has no plans to seek elected office anytime soon.
Instead, he wants to spend more time with his family, pursue new business opportunities with his commercial real estate brokerage and development firm and write a book about the commercial history of Charleston.