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Just days after Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, announced he would not seek re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, Delegate Doug Skaff has announced his bid for that seat.

Skaff, also D-Kanawha, said in a statement that he hopes to continue McCabe's legacy as an "outstanding leader."

"Brooks has been a great statesman, mentor and friend," Skaff said. "His work on worker's compensation reform, Other Post-Employment Benefits, government consolidation and tax and insurance reform define his legacy as an outstanding leader in West Virginia history. It would be a privilege to continue the advocacy Brooks has demonstrated."

Skaff was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2008 and currently serves as chairman of the Small Business & Economic Development committee, chairman of the Workforce Development Committee, assistant majority whip and member of the Finance and Roads and Transportation committees. Skaff said he has worked to build a consensus among delegates in the House so they can work toward solutions that benefit the residents of West Virginia.

"Since my first day in the House of Delegates, I have thrived due to the support and input from constituents, county and local officials, civic groups and our entire community," Skaff said. "These contributions have enabled me to be a positive force over the past five years as I've worked to build consensus, produce solutions and think creatively about our state's problems."

Another delegate is hoping to make the jump from House to Senate. Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, announced last month she also would run for McCabe's seat. At the time of her announcement, Raines said she had spoken to McCabe about her intentions and he was supportive.

Skaff had publicly entertained the idea of a run to replace Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who announced in November she would run for U.S. Senate. Skaff also announced his desire to be Speaker of the House of Delegates after Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, announced he would step down from the position.