Former West Virginia Supreme Court justice Neely seeking seat again

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Former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Neely announces he is seeking a seat on the court again in the 2020 election Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/John Raby)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former member of the West Virginia Supreme Court says he’ll seek a seat on the court again next year.

Richard Neely was elected to the court at age 31 in 1972. He served until stepping down in 1995. The 78-year-old Neely is now in private practice in Charleston.

Neely said Wednesday he’s running because the court system is in “an absolute shambles” and its bureaucracy “isn’t getting anything done.”

The former chief justice said Wednesday he’ll seek a 12-year term for the seat currently held by former House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead.

Armstead won his seat in last November’s election to complete the term of Menis Ketchum, who resigned last year.

Three Supreme Court seats will be decided in the 2020 election.

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