CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday he has appointed Paul Hardesty to the West Virginia Senate to fill a seat left vacant by Richard Ojeda's resignation.
The Logan County native will fill the Seventh District seat.
Hardesty currently serves at the Logan County school board president and also works as a lobbyist for several organizations including companies affiliated with Justice, including the Greenbrier resort. In his resignation later, Ojeda urged Justice not to select a lobbyist to take his place.
Nine Democrats applied to fill the vacant seat. In addition to Hardesty, the Senate District Democratic Executive Committee also recommended Logan County's Art Kirkendoll and Mingo County's Harry Keith White.
The seat serves Boone, Lincoln and Logan counties and parts of Mingo and Wayne.