But not that Byrd, obviously.
Charleston attorney Andrew Byrd has filed to run for Kanawha County’s 35th District House of Delegates seat. Byrd filed his candidacy papers at the Secretary of State’s office on Thursday.
“I believe I’ll be a great, fresh new voice for West Virginia,” he said.
Byrd, a Democrat, got his start in politics helping campaign for his uncle, former Marshall County delegate Joseph Parriott. Although they share a surname, Byrd said does not know if he is related to longtime U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
The name recognition can’t hurt, right?
He is running for one of the 35th District seats that will be vacated once Delegate Doug Skaff, a Democrat, and Delegate Suzette Raines, a Republican, leave to run for higher office.
Although Skaff and Raines have both announced their intentions to run for retiring State Sen. Brooks McCabe‘s seat, there are now public calls for Raines to run for the state’s 2nd Congressional District as Rep. Shelley Moore Capito pursues a U.S. Senate seat next year.
Byrd said he and Skaff are lifelong friends.
“I want to continue the foundation that Delegate Skaff has laid. I want to create jobs, keep people in West Virginia that have got an education here. I want to bring everybody to the table,” he said.
Skaff announced his friends’ candidacy on Twitter at lunchtime on Thursday.
— dougskaff (@dougskaff) August 8, 2013
He is a graduate of the West Virginia University and WVU’s law school, and now works for the Charleston law firm of Mannion & Gray. He and his wife Christina live in South Charleston.