UPDATE: Wood County GOP taking applications to fill House seat held by Deem

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) UPDATE: 10/12/18 1:45 P.M.

While a former House of Delegates member has been chosen to replace the late Frank Deem on the November General Election ballot, an appointment still must be made to fill the remainder of Deem's current term.

The Wood County Republican Executive Committee voted unanimously
Thursday night to place Tom Azinger's name on the 10th District ballot to replace Deem, who died on Wednesday at age 90.

The committee now must focusing on nominating someone to fill the remainder of Deem's current term, which ends this year.

In an email, Wood County GOP Chairman Rob Cornelius said any qualified Republican interested in being appointed to the seat has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to submit an application to the committee.

Applicants must be of legal voting age and have lived in the 10th District for at least the past year.

The committee plans to conduct individual interviews, possibly on Oct. 23, Cornelius said. The committee will then submit three names to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who will make the appointment within five days.

Applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 4737, Parkersburg, WV 26104, or hand-delivered to GOP headquarters at 146 Park Shopping Center between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Monday through Wednesday.

Applications also can be submitted via email to woodcogop@gmail.com.

UPDATE: 10/12/18 1 P.M.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered flags to be flown at half staff to honor Wood County House of Delegates member Frank Deem, who died on Wednesday.

In a proclamation issued Friday, Justice ordered all United States and West Virginia state flags displayed at the Capitol complex in Charleston and at all state facilities in Wood County be displayed at half-staff from dawn to dusk on Saturday.

Deem, 90, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1954. He later was elected to the Senate, serving various terms as a senator, before returning to the House.

He had served in his current office as a delegate since 2015 and was seeking re-election this year.

Update: 10/10/2018

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin issued a statement Wednesday afternoon on the passing of Del. Frank Deem, with whom Manchin served in the West Virginia Legislature, and who he dealt was as governor of the state.

"Frank didn’t care about whether you were a Democrat or a Republican. If something was right, it was right. If it was wrong, it was wrong. When Frank agreed with you he’d be your greatest supporter. But if he disagreed with you he’d sure let you know. I’ve known few other friends and public servants who have so fiercely represented the people they were elected to serve. We don’t come across men like Frank Deem that often anymore. Gayle and I send our hearts out to Becky and the entire Deem family.”

Update: 10/10/2018

Candidates interested in filing to replace the late Del. Frank Deem on the November general election ballot have until October 15 to do so.

Wood County Republican Party chairman Rob Cornelius says the party executive committee plans to meet this week to choose a someone to replace Deem on the ballot.

Cornelius says those eligible and interested should send resumes and letters of interest to the committee at WoodCoGOP@gmail.com for consideration.


Wood County Delegate Frank Deem has passed away. He was 90.

The announcement of his death was made in a news release issued Wednesday morning by Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw.

“Frank Deem devoted a lifetime of service to the citizens of his district and the people of our state, and leaves behind a legacy of fierce advocacy for conservative principles that have made West Virginia a better place," Hanshaw said. "A navy veteran, former Senator and current Delegate, his character, experience and statesmanship will be irreplaceable in the Legislature."

Deem was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1954. He later was elected to the Senate, serving various terms as a senator, before returning to the House. He had served in his current office as a delegate since 2015.

He was hospitalized earlier this year after suffering a broken hip in a fall during the 2018 legislative session.

Deem was on the ballot as a candidate for re-election in the November general election.

Funeral arrangements are pending.