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Eric Hayhurst is the Democratic nominee for the District 2 West Virginia State Senate who grew up in Wetzel County, lives in Monongalia County and is passionate about bringing change to the Mountain State political landscape.

Eric went to Valley High School in Pine Grove dreaming of attending West Virginia University, where he eventually graduated from the College of Law, and has become one of our state’s most respected trial lawyers fighting to right wrongs.

Now he’s set to use his experience for hard-working families not only across District 2 – which includes all of Wetzel, Tyler and Doddridge counties and part of Marion, Marshall and Monongalia counties – but across all of West Virginia.

“This campaign is about giving the people of the second district a loud and clear voice in Charleston,” Eric says. “Our hard-working people are being ignored and forgotten in the Capitol building and it’s time to put them, and their issues, first.”

As an effective attorney he’s been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star and Top 100 Personal Injury Attorney, Eric is uniquely qualified to draft legislation with an understanding of its effects on other existing codes and regulations. He will make sure laws are constitutional.

Yet Eric’s roots are firmly planted beside working-class West Virginians. He grew up with his friends in Pine Grove. He’s worked with and helped them as a lawyer. And it’s been noted.

The UMWA and AFL-CIO have endorsed Eric’s candidacy. Also, the Upper Ohio Valley, North Central and Parkersburg-Marietta Building and Construction Trades, IBEW and Operating Engineers are behind him.

Education is also one of Eric’s primary priorities and both the WVEA and WV-AFT have endorsed him. “Bolstering education, including providing necessary resources to students and teachers, is a key,” he said. “That will make West Virginia a destination for people and businesses.”

Eric has lived his love of education, attending not only WVU as an undergraduate and its College of Law where he finished in the Top 10 percent of his class and was a member of the Moot Court Board, but the University of Dayton School of Law.

Among Eric’s other passions are getting a grasp on West Virginia’s roads, bridges, utilities and broadband as well as the state’s opioid crisis and employment issues.

“The 2nd Senatorial District is certainly a unique district geographically, but many people are experiencing the same problems – namely a crumbling infrastructure, an uncontrolled opioid epidemic and a lack of good paying, reliable jobs. I’ll make it my mission to improve those.”

Eric is an active member of the Monongalia County Bar Association, West Virginia Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. He’s been AV Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell since 2018.

Now, he’s ready to work for District 2 and the Mountain State.

“I’m not a party politician,” Hayhurst says. “I’m an American and a West Virginian who is focused on finding real solutions to real problems. My objective in the Legislature will not be pleasing my party, but to do what is right and move West Virginia forward.”