by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON – State Democrats were quick to criticize a Republican member of the house of delegates who has resigned.
Rumors that she would resign had intensified during the recent special session of the legislature, when Nancy Reagan Foster failed to attend. She was elected in 2016 to represent District 38, made up of Putnam a portion of Kanawha County.
Foster said her decision was based on family and business responsibilities. “After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to resign my seat,” Foster said in a press release.
“As a business owner, mother, grandmother and public servant, I’ve tried to balance time spent focused on my public and personal life,” she continued. “Unfortunately, at this time, I don’t feel I’m able to fulfill my business and family obligations while also devoting the time needed to effectively represent the people of my district.”
Critically, State Democrat Party Chair Belinda Biafore appeared to agree with Foster.
“Sadly, the people of the 38th District haven’t had a full-time representative since Nancy Reagan Foster took office,” Biafore said. “She left her seat vacant for the special session when the people of her district needed her the most. While the rest of the state had a voice in the discussion on taxation and spending, she left her constituents voiceless. When the people of the 38th District vote in 2018 rest assured they will have a strong, Democratic candidate that will make sure they are always represented and always heard. I just hope they remember that the Republican Party served them up a delegate who didn’t show up and not give the GOP their votes again.”
Meanwhile Republican House Speaker Tim Armstead said, “While I’m sad to see her leave, I respect her decision to do what she feels is in the best interest of the people of her district,” Armstead said.
The GOP delegate district executive committee will have 15 days to present Governor Jim Justice a list of three names to consider for the post. State law requires that the person selected be of the same party as Foster.
In the recent past, the state party executive committee has coordinated scheduling of potential candidate interviews and final recommendations from the district committee. Once Justice receives the names, he has five days to select the replacement who will complete Foster’s unexpired term set to end in December 2018.
by Ron Gregory