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'No free pops' bill would make elected officials resign before running for another seat


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) A bill introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday would require candidates to resign from their current office before seeking another. 

The legislation introduced by Del. Rupie Phillips, (R) Logan County, would require office holders to resign from the position she or he currently holds by December 1st of the election year.

"It simply says if you're elected into an office, you should fill that office term before you run for another office." 

In an interview with WVVA News on Tuesday, Del. Rupie Phillips called his bill 'no-free pops.' If passed, he said the mandate would apply to all state elected offices ranging from county commissions to the West Virginia legislature. However, it would not apply to federal elected officials currently serving. 

"If you're a Senator and you file to run for another office mid-term and you lose, you're still a senator. It evens the field and it's fair to the people. If someone elects you into a two or four year term, you should finish that term," adds Del. Phillips. 

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