Fathers, sons, candidates for WV Legislature

Published: Nov. 6, 2018 at 3:16 PM EST
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Jin Leach and his son, Morgan, went to law school together. Sort of.

"When I went to law school, I was 30 and Morgan was about 5 years old," said the elder Leach, Democratic candidate for 3rd District State Senate. "So I would take him to class with me."

"He would turn in exams, and I would turn in a colored picture of the professor at the end of the class," says J. Morgan Leach, Democrat, Candidate for WV House, 10th District.

Morgan is making his second try at running for the House of Delegates. Father Jim is a candidate, for the first time, for the state Senate.

"We've always talked about the love we have for West Virginia," Jim Leach says, "and that's motivated him as well."

"A lot of our focus is on improving the economic aspect," says Morgan Leach, "and creating new opportunity."

Republican Mike Azinger is running for a full term in the Senate. His father, Tom, was in the House for two decades before retiring four years ago.

The elder Azinger was placed on the ballot for the House of Delegates race after the passing in early October of long-time lawmaker Frank Deem. Mike grew up influenced by his father's political values.

"He served 20 years," Mike Azinger said of his father, "and he's a wealth of knowledge and well-liked and respected in Charleston."

Both Azingers want to build on the state's recent budget and economic growth. Leach and his son have appeared together on campaign signs.

Mike and Tom hope to campaign together in the last days before November 6th.

"We're going to work hard," Tom Azinger said, "and you can't take anything for granted, and you're going to work hard to win."

"I'm the son, so I'll do what he tells me to do," said Mike Azinger with a small laugh, "and, if I don't, I'll be sent to my room, like when I was a kid."

A campaign where "family values" takes on an entire new meaning.

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