Thornton Cooper

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Thornton Cooper
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Former candidate for
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSouth Charleston High School, 1968
Bachelor'sYale University, 1972
Master'sWest Virginia University College of Law, 1978
Campaign website
Thornton Cooper was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 35 of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


Cooper earned his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 1972 and his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1978.


Campaign themes


Cooper's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Protecting the safety of the state's drinking water
  • Preserving state laws relating to the disposal of solid waste



See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. District 35 is represented by four delegates. Andrew Byrd, Thornton Cooper, Barbara Hatfield and Sherri Wong defeated John Caudill, IV, David Harless, Bret Nida, Joe Wallace and Gary Winter in the Democratic primary. Incumbents J.B. McCuskey, Eric Nelson, and Suzette Raines and Chris Stansbury defeated Richard McGinnis and Marie Sprouse-McDavid in the Republican primary. Byrd, McCuskey, Nelson, and Stansbury defeated Cooper, Hatfield, Wong, and Sprouse-McDavid in the general election. Raines withdrew from the race due to personal reasons and allegations from Democrats.[3] She was replaced by Sprouse-McDavid on the general election ballot.[1][4]

West Virginia House of Delegates District 35, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Nelson Incumbent 15.7% 11,050
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.B. McCuskey Incumbent 14.3% 10,013
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Stansbury 12.7% 8,897
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Byrd 12.6% 8,852
     Republican Marie Sprouse-McDavid 12% 8,436
     Democratic Bobbie Hatfield 12% 8,401
     Democratic Sherri Wong 11.4% 8,039
     Democratic Thornton Cooper 9.3% 6,548
Total Votes 70,236


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Cooper ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35. Cooper, John Caudill, IV, Lisa Amoroso, Fred Giggenbach, and Gary Eugene Holstein were defeated by Douglas Skaff, Jr., Barbara "Bobbie" Hatfield, Christopher "Chris" Morris, and Bonnie Brown in the May 8 primary election.[5][6]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Skaff, Jr. Incumbent 19.9% 4,246
Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Brown Incumbent 18.7% 3,982
Green check mark transparent.pngBobbie Hatfield Incumbent 16.8% 3,581
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Morris 11.4% 2,441
Thornton Cooper 8.5% 1,822
Fred Giggenbach 7.6% 1,625
John D. Caudill, IV 7.2% 1,540
Lisa Amoroso 7.2% 1,528
Gary Eugene Holstein 2.7% 574
Total Votes 21,339

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