Courtesy: West Virginia Legislature
A legislative appointee of Gov. Joe Manchin has lost his seat even before the election.
A Republican nominating committee has picked Phil Stevens over acting state Sen. John Shott to be the GOP's candidate in the 10th District. The committee met Monday.
The seat had been held by the late Senate Minority Leader Don Caruth of Mercer County. Manchin appointed Shott after the 59-year-old Caruth died in May.
Shott had been running unopposed for a second term in the House of Delegates representing Mercer County.
The 10th District includes parts of Mercer and Fayette counties along with Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. Stevens is from Summers County.
Stevens faces Democrat Mark Wills in November for the two years left in the seat's term.
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