- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has tapped Steven Shaffer as the Preston County replacement in the House of Delegates for Democrat Larry Williams.

On Wednesday, Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman confirmed that Shaffer would fill the House District 52 slot.

The 71-year-old Williams announced earlier this month that he would leave the Legislature to take a job with the state Department of Agriculture.

The Democratic governor picked Shaffer, a Tunnelton attorney, out of a group of three possible replacements. The Preston County Democratic Executive Committee provided Tomblin a list of options.

Selden Pratt of Masontown and Scott DeWitt of Kingwood were the other two candidates.

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