Zatizalo announces his candidacy for the West Virginia State Senate | News, sports, jobs
Weirton Mark Zattizalo feels it is time to take the next step in his political career while continuing to work to provide growth opportunities for the Northern Panhandle.
Surrounded by family, friends, fellow lawmakers and other supporters in the Serbian picnic area of Weirton on Wednesday, Zaticelo, R-Hancock, announced his plans to secure a seat representing the district in the West Virginia State Senate.
“I look forward to this opportunity,” he said, noting that if elected, he will be able to work more closely with lawmakers throughout the Northern Panhandle. “This broadens the scope of what is possible.”
The 1st Senate district in the West Virginia legislature represents all of Hancock, Brooke, and Ohio counties, as well as approximately half of Marshall County.
The energy focus will continue to be important for all of West Virginia, said Zatizalo, a hydrogeologist by trade, noting that the Marcellus Shale Formation has been ranked among the best natural gas fields in the world, in addition to the state’s coal production and related industries. .
He also mentioned the need to invest in the country’s infrastructure as a way to encourage job growth, such as Form Energy, Pure Watercraft and Nucor Steel.
“The rules of the game have changed for the region,” Zatizalo said, adding that it will be important to work together for the prosperity of the region and the country. “We can do it. It’s very easy to do.”
He said that education and health care will also be important to West Virginia’s future.
Among those who joined Zatizalo for his announcement was State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brook, whose seat Zatizalo hopes will win. Earlier this year, Weld announced his plans to run for Attorney General in West Virginia.
With his endorsement, Weld looked back on his history with Zatizalo in the legislature, where they shared an office in their early days, and built a relationship with the goal of working for the people of Hancock and Brooke Counties.
“Mark and I came home together,” he said. “It didn’t take long for Oscar and Felix to be born.”
Weld points to Zatezalo’s local roots, as his father and grandfather both worked at Weirton Steel. He grew up in Weirton, and with his wife, Martha, raised his children in the community.
“Mark cares deeply about the region,” he said.
Zatizzalo said he spoke to his family when considering his Senate run, as well as consulted with Weld, Senate Speaker Craig Blair and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, all of whom gave their blessing, saying he would be most effective in providing legislative leadership in the nation. Northern Panhandle.
Zatezalo is in his eighth year as a member of the House of Delegates and now represents the second district after legislative redistricting. He is the current vice chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Manufacturing, and serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Prisons and Prisons Committees, and the Workforce Development Committees.
He represents the state on the Energy Council, an international coalition of lawmakers who focus on energy-related issues within the United States and Canada.