CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A far-right Republican in the West Virginia House of Delegates announced plans Tuesday to challenge a longtime state senator for his seat.
Del. Mike Folk, R-Berkeley, said that he would run against state Sen. John R. Unger II, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, who has served the district since 1998.
In a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon, Folk said he will bring his principles of constitutionalism and limited government to the district.
“Most of the people that have followed the Legislature at all in the last five years know what most of my positions are,” he said. “I say what I think. I have a core set of principles and stick with them. Sometimes, people agree with them, and sometimes, they disagree with them, both inside the party and outside the party.”
Never shy to buck party leadership, Folk has earned praise and ire alike at crunch time from members of both parties.
Though registered as a Republican, Folk said he resists party labels.
Folk drew praise from Democrats