by Ron Gregory
GILBERT — Former Democrat Delegate Harry Keith White, 69, of Gilbert confirmed today that his wife, Phyllis, will be a candidate for the House of Delegates in this year’s election. This comes on the heels of H.K. White’s resignation as a member of the House at midnight this morning.
In announcing his resignation, the veteran Delegate, who rose to leadership during his tenure in Charleston, H.K. said he will now exclusively devote his efforts toward economic development in Mingo County and Southern West Virginia.
In an exclusive interview with the Corridor Chronicle, White said he “felt now is the time to get Mingo County moving again. We have all kinds of projects we have been working on and some will bring lots of jobs to Mingo,” said H.K. White. “I think I can push harder if I’m on the ground and can devote full time to bringing jobs to our county. I truly believe I will be more effective this way. We have so many projects with so much potential. I want to see them happen.”
H.K. White did not speculate as to whether his wife might be appointed to fill the remainder of his term. Under state law, the District Democrat Executive Committee will submit three names to Tomblin for consideration. Tomblin then can choose one of those or, if precedent holds, he could name someone not on the list.
In any case, this appointment clearly has to be a Democrat, like H.K. White. A vacant State Senate seat is under debate since the Senator who resigned switched parties from Democrat to Republican after being elected.
H.K. White began his service in the House of Delegates by appointment in 1992 from the old 19th District. After serving one term, White returned as the 19th District Delegate from 1997 to 2003, when he was redistricted into the 21st District. It is from that District that he served until his resignation.
The graduate of Marshall University spent four years a U.S. Navy pilot, earning the rank of lieutenant.