By Lynn R. Mitchell
The 24th Senate District is now down to three candidates after Donald Sheets’ announcement that he was dropping out of the race, as reported by Brian Carlton with the News-Virginian (see Senate candidate drops out of race).
“As a lifetime resident of Mount Solon, I have always had a strong desire to serve my community,” Sheets said. “When I heard that Emmett Hanger and Marshall Pattie were probably not going to participate in the convention, I realized that I had a very good chance of beating Dan Moxley. Last week, the United States judicial system dismissed the lawsuit filed by Ken Adams, [so] the process of selecting a Republican nominee for State Senator in District 24 will now come from a June primary that I will not be running in.”
Sheets, who had not collected petitions for a primary run, was left high and dry after Judge Elizabeth Dillon dismissed the lawsuit brought by the 24th Senate District legislative committee that would require conventions instead of allowing incumbents to pick their method of nomination. In the case of Senator Emmett Hanger, that request is a primary.