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Daily Mail endorsements: Stick with the 'R's in area state Senate races

In the three Charleston area races for State Senate — Districts 4, 8 and 17 — voters once again have good choices among both Democrat and Republican candidates. But the experience and philosophy of each of the GOP candidates earns them the Daily Mail endorsement.

District 4 covers Mason and Jackson counties and parts of Putnam and Roane. Its current senator is Republican Mark Drennan, who was appointed to replace Mike Hall, who became Gov. Jim Justice’s chief of staff. Drennan was defeated in the Republican primary by small business owner Eric J. Tarr.

Tarr is facing Democrat attorney Brian Prim and independent Mason County school teacher Amy Nichole Grady in the general election.

The authenticity and dedication of all three candidates shines through in discussion. But Tarr is the logical pick to keep West Virginia’s pro-business policies and economic progress on track.

District 8 roughly covers the northern half of Putnam and Kanawha counties. Ed Gaunch is seeking his second four-year term, after defeating incumbent Erik Wells in 2014.

A true gentleman who never has a bad word to say about an opponent, Gaunch is facing Democrat Rich Lindsay, a friendly and likeable Charleston attorney, who leans more toward government than private-sector solutions. As a second term senator, Gaunch will continue the positive momentum West Virginia has made to improve the state’s business climate and deserves re-election.

Likewise, in District 17, which encompasses the southern two-thirds of Kanawha County, one-term incumbent Dr. Tom Takubo is facing a challenge by Terrell Ellis.

Like all the other candidates in these races, Ellis, a self-employed economic developer, is hard-working, and would be a dedicated senator. But she too leans more toward the Democratic policies that failed West Virginia previously, and like Gaunch, Takubo has proven to be one who supports a stronger economy through better tax and regulatory policy.

We appreciate when great people of all persuasions enter political contests — as is the case in these three races, but voters are urged to keep all three of those Senate seats in Republican hands.

Funerals for Saturday, September 21, 2019

Abodeely, Malakee - 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston. 

Ayers, Helen - 11 a.m., Belcher Family Cemetery, Pinch Ridge.

Backus, Ernest - 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rainelle.

Bailey, Jerry - 5 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Carney Jr., Chester - 2 p.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Carter, Blanche - 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, North Elkview.

Copen, Louise - Noon, McRoss Baptist Church, McRoss.

Fizer, Donna - 3 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Fowler, Jeannette - 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Goard II, Mitchell - 5 p.m., Central Community Tabernacle, Charleston.

Hammack, Barbara - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Kessinger, Wilma - 4 p.m., Canaan Baptist Church, Charleston.

Knight II, James - 6 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Lymon, Daniel - 1 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

McKown, Travis - Noon, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Wallback.

Miller, Alexander - 4 p.m., Roane County High School, Spencer.

Mitchell, Emma - 2 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Montgomery, Betty - 11 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charleston.

Pfeil, Ruth - 2 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Roush III, George - 12:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Samuels, Hazel - 1:30 p.m., Dunbar Kingdom Hall, Dunbar.

Slonaker II, Harvey - Noon, Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Starks, Henry - 11 a.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye.

Stooke, David - Noon, Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Thompson, Thomas - 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

White, Duane - 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

White, James - 1 p.m., Cedar Grove Middle School, Cedar Grove.

Woodson Jr., Lewis - 1 p.m., Abundant Life Ministries, Charleston.