Suzette Raines

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Suzette Raines
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West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35
Former Member
In office
December 1, 2012 – 2014
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWest Virginia State University
Place of birthKanawha County, West Virginia
Campaign website
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Suzette Raines is a former Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 35 from 2012 to 2014.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Raines served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Senior Citizen Issues
Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business
Joint Education


Campaign themes


Raines's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "We can create a West Virginia that allows our current businesses to grow while simultaneously ushering in new businesses."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I vow to only support legislation where the students’ best interests are at the heart of the legislation."
  • Cut Wasteful Spending
Excerpt: "By budgeting more wisely, we can use money saved to address some of the challenges that have long faced our state, such as repairing Secondary Roads, increasing teacher pay, and cutting taxes."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "I will support measures that put the safety of our workforce first and foremost, and protect West Virginians’ ability to work and provide for their families."



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.[2] She was replaced by Sprouse-McDavid on the general election ballot.[3][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

Raines won election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35. Raines advanced past the May 8 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Skaff Incumbent 15.8% 14,891
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSuzette Raines 14.5% 13,676
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Nelson Incumbent 14.2% 13,397
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Mccuskey 12% 11,325
     Democratic Bobbie Hatfield Incumbent 12% 11,284
     Democratic Bonnie Brown Incumbent 11.8% 11,097
     Democratic Chris Morris 10.4% 9,792
     Republican Fred Joseph 9.2% 8,638
Total Votes 94,100

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Raines is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Raines raised a total of $91,022 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 30, 2013.[8]

Suzette Raines's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 35 Won $91,022
Grand Total Raised $91,022


Raines won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Raines raised a total of $91,022.


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Political offices
Preceded by
West Virginia House of Delegates District 35
Succeeded by
Chris Stansbury (R)