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Marcum to seek senate seatby Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — Democrat Delegate Justin Marcum has filed paperwork to run in the 2018 election for state senate. Marcum, who now represents the 20th delegate district in the legislature, is running in the sixth senate district.There had been speculation that Marcum would challenged fellow Democrat Ron Stollings for senate in the seventh district but Marcum ruled that out with today’s announcement.As a candidate, Marcum will be vying for the senate seat now held by Republican Mark Maynard of Wayne County. Two years ago, Maynard scored a major political upset by defeating long-time Senator Truman Chafin of Mingo County.Maynard had little campaign spending and was thought to be the beneficiary of an anti-President Barack Obama tide in 2014.Marcum has been identified as a hard-working legislator who routinely visits with constituents to learn their positions on public policy.The candidate is a practicing attorney and was recently named one of the 100 top lawyers in West Virginia.Official filing for the 2018 election will be done in January of that year but candidates can pre-file as Marcum did. In addition to showing potential opponents a candidate’s intention, pre-filing also permits a candidate to begin raising funds.Political insiders assume Maynard is running for re-election. There had been rumors that Chafin might run for his old seat but Marcum’s announcement apparently puts that to rest since both he and Marcum would split the Mingo vote in the primary. The primary will be held in May with the general election in November.