Delegate Jason Barrett is announcing his bid for a state Senate seat, the latest of several delegates to do so and probably not the last.

Barrett, R-Berkeley, announced today he’ll run to represent the 16th Senate District, which covers all of Jefferson and part of Berkeley counties. It’s a seat long held by Democrat John Unger, who resigned to become a county magistrate this year. Senator Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, is the other current representative of the district.

“I think it really comes down to, that I’ll be able to help the people of this community, of the Eastern Panhandle, in a bigger way,” Barrett said this week in a telephone interview.

“We have very unique challenges here in the Eastern Panhandle. Obviously we’ve seen a lot of population growth, which is clearly a good thing — but there are challenges that come with that as well. So I look forward to being able to serve in a greater capacity as state senator.”

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