CHARLESTON – Del. Doug Reynolds has announced he will be running for attorney general in the next election.

Reynolds, D-Cabell, announced Jan. 12 he had filed to campaign for the office of attorney general.

The Huntington native said he wanted to focus on ending the state’s drug epidemic and protect its senior citizens from scams during a press conference held at the state capitol.

Reynolds was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2006 and served as vice chairman of the House Finance Committee in 2013.He also served as the vice chairman to the House Banking Committee from 2011 until 2013.

Reynolds is a graduate of Duke University and West Virginia University College of Law. He and his wife have four children.

He is a Huntington attorney who also is president of Energy Services of America, a pipeline construction company. In 2007, he created HD Media Company, which bought The Herald-Dispatch newspaper in Huntington from Champion Industries, a company owned by Huntington businessman Marshall Reynolds, who is Doug Reynolds’ father.

As of Jan. 12, the only candidates who officially had filed to run for AG are Reynolds and incumbent Patrick Morrisey, a Republican. Democrat Mark Hunt, who had announced plans to run for the office in the fall, now has filed to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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