In 2016, Democrat Glenn Jeffries defeated the incumbent senator, moderate Republican Chris Walters.
Now, seeking re-election for the first time, Jeffries faces a whole different type of opponent: Kathie Hess Crouse.
They’re competing in the eighth state senatorial district, which covers all of Putnam County east of the Kanawha River and all of Kanawha County north of the river and U.S. 119.
On Facebook, Crouse has posted that she refuses to wear masks amid the pandemic. She posted that she went to Walmart without masks and hoped “the mask gestapo are waiting at home for me, I need their help unloading the van.”
“I keep my distance,” she said Monday. “I think that’s a better effort than wearing a mask and I have chosen as a free person in a free society not to wear one.”
She said she would wear one if she were sick. But people can carry it without knowing it.
Also online, she’s criticized needle exchange programs that can help save drug…