Democrats Ferro, Canestraro Take House of Delegates Seats
West Virginia’s 4th Delegate District took a Democratic turn Tuesday night as incumbent Mike Ferro and newcomer Joseph Canestraro took the two seats up for grabs.
Ferro led the race with a final, unofficial tally of 7,604 votes, while Canestraro received 5,582. Delegate David Evans, R-Marshall, lost his seat as he ran third, with 4,465 votes. Republican Del Kelley finished with 3,897.
The 4th District includes all of Marshall County and a portion of southern Ohio County.
Canestraro, a Democrat, has served the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office since 2001. The 2016 House race marks his first attempt at political office. His experience in the courtroom, Canestraro said, would prove valuable in creating the laws he deals with on a daily basis. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Canestraro said he will be committed to serving the needs of working West Virgininians come January.
“I’m feeling great right now. This is my first time running for anything. We put a lot of work into this. We hit at least 3,500 doors from Moundsville to South Wheeling,” Canestraro said. “The biggest goal we all need to accomplish is the budget crisis and figuring out how to plug that hole. … The last two years with the Legislature in Charleston, working people have been beat on by the Republicans down there. We’re looking to change that.”
First elected in 2008, Ferro serves as minority chair of the Industry and Labor Committee, minority vice chair of the Government Organization Committee and serves on the Interstate Cooperation, Veterans’ Affairs, Homeland Security and Senior Issues committees. He serves as an assistant minority whip.
Ferro is retired from Marshall County Schools. He taught for 35 years at Sherrard Junior High, now a middle school. He also coached at Bishop Donahue, Sherrard and John Marshall for 40 years.
Ferro said he will continue to be committed to educators, the working class and more.
“Our biggest issue is giving rights back to the working men and women of West Virginia,” Ferro said. “Obviously education is a big deal to me and I’d like to work for students teachers and other personnel.”