Meet Your House Candidates: Cabell County/Districts 16, 17, 18

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Joe Akers, District 16


A message from Joe Akers: I’m running for the House of Delegates because the working people of Cabell and Lincoln counties have lost their voice in Charleston. I’m a small business man who understands the economic challenges facing our state. This election is about our people and the investments we should make. Everyone should have the opportunity to earn a livable wage, access to affordable healthcare, receive a quality education, and make use of an infrastructure suitable for a modern economy. Learn more about Joe Akers and his vision here.

Sean Hornbuckle, District 16


Delegate Sean Hornbuckle is running for re-election to the House of Delegates for the 16th Delegate District. Click to learn more about him here. 

Matt Spurlock, District 16


Matt Spurlock is a Democratic nominee for the West Virginia House of Delegates in the 16th District.  Matt grew up in Ashton, Mason County and is the son of Max Spurlock and Joan Workman.  After graduating from Point Pleasant High School, Matt worked his way through college and graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Finance.  He then found a job in Huntington as a property manager/accountant where he managed budgets and listened to the needs of his residents and provided solutions.  Matt has lived and worked in the South Side of Huntington for over twenty years and has given back to his community by volunteering with the United Way preparing income taxes for seniors and lower income West Virginians.  Matt wants to focus on the issues that matter.  Those include creating an environment that attracts new industries with living wage jobs while supporting existing businesses, paying teachers competitive wages and letting them teach, fixing our roads and infrastructure, providing affordable high-speed internet access, protecting our water supply, and helping addicts stop using harmful drugs while punishing those who peddle those dangerous and highly addictive drugs.  Lincoln and Cabell Counties as well as West Virginia face many challenges, but by focusing on what is important, standing together, keeping faith as we work toward our goals, Matt believes we can succeed. To learn more about Matt, click here.

Joe M. Fincham, District 17


Joe Fincham was born and raised in Cabell County, Joe is the son of working-class parents who taught him the values of faith, family, and hard work.  Joe graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Huntington, after which he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Marshall University.

Born and raised in Cabell County, Joe is the son of working-class parents who taught him the values of faith, family, and hard work.  Joe graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Huntington, after which he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Marshall University.

After graduating from law school in the top of his class, Joe returned to Cabell County to begin his career in the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office and marry his college sweetheart, Kathleen, a native of Westmoreland.  Joe worked for the law firm of Campbell Woods, where he represented individuals, professionals, and businesses who had been sued.  He now serves in the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor.  Joe also serves on the Board of Directors of St. John’s House, ministering to at-risk youth in Huntington. Learn more about Joe by clicking here.

As a Prosecutor, Joe has been on the front lines of the fight against the heroin epidemic that has plagued our community.  He led the investigation into West End Recycling — a crooked scrap yard that was buying stolen material from heroin addicts who had robbed our homes and businesses.  He has also prosecuted drug dealers from Detroit, murder cases, and white-collar criminals.

Joe and Kathleen raise their three children in Huntington and attend church at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in West Huntington. He is running for the House of Delegates to bring focus to the fight against drugs and drug addiction, to improve our State’s budget and infrastructure, and to make life in our community better for his family and yours

Chad Lovejoy, District 17


A message from Chad Lovejoy: “Hi.  I’m Chad Lovejoy and I’m running for the West Virginia House of Delegates, 17th District, as a Democratic candidate. Huntington is Home — where I grew up and now raise my family and own a small business.  I’ve spent my life enjoying the blessings of this community and my entire career fighting for its working families and small businesses when they find themselves in hard times.

I believe that some things are worth fighting for, and the future of our Home is first and foremost.  I want to be an advocate for this very special community in Charleston so that all of our kids will have the best opportunities, including that of coming (and staying) Home to raise a family of their own.

Despite the many, serious challenges that we face – a changing economy, aging infrastructure, lagging education system and a drug abuse epidemic – we are a community who can, and has, overcome.  We always rally together and never forget who we are or where we came from.  We never lose Hope.  I want to take our Hope for Huntington to the West Virginia Statehouse as your Delegate. Find out more here. 

Billy Chaffin, District 18

A message from Bill Chafin via Herald-Dispatch. To see the rest of the feature, click here.

“My name is Billy J. Chaffin II. I am a candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates District 18. I am a life long resident of West Virginia. I love our state, and its residents. I believe in responsible, and practical government that serves the needs of all.”