Delegate Mick Bates talks about change of political party

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Mick Bates was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2014 as a Democrat. He has retained his seat since then, winning the election with a “D” next to his name.

But on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, he announced a change of political parties.

“It’s something that has been going through my head for probably over six months. I’m just sick of justifying the D after my name, ”Bates said.

Bates will complete his term in the House of Delegates as a Republican.

“After going through the last legislative session and seeing how long the states move in and what is happening nationally, I think the best way for me to represent the interests of the people I represent, in Beckley, in the Raleigh County and the southern part of the state it’s to do as a Republican, ”Bates explained.

Since his announcement, Bates has received a lot of criticism from the community and other politicians. Minority Parliamentary Leader Doug Skaff said in a statement: “Delegate Bates must have decided that now is the time for him to turn his back on the voters who elected him to prioritize his future political ambitions. . “

Bates told him it was just a one-letter change next to his name and it doesn’t change the way he plans to move forward with the legislation.

“I’m the same person, as far as the letter next to my name is concerned. I have a reputation for being a conservative, business-conscious Democrat and I’m still like a Republican, ”Bates said.

He said he hoped to continue his plans for the remainder of his term, plans he had crafted as a Democrat, and that he would bring them to fruition as a Republican.

“Fix the Internet, make sure this federal money is spent appropriately and spent here, and spent on really meaningful things that make a difference and therefore not wasted. Develop a redistribution plan that brings County Raleigh back together. And to develop a real plan to return the coalfields, ”said Bates.


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