Fight against toll road helps trucker get elected in West Virginia

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 12/6/2012

Scott Cadle, a professional trucker and small-business owner from Leitart, WV, says his battle against a toll road in his district resonated with voters and helped get him elected to a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Photo courtesy of Scott Cadle

Cadle, 59, was one of four candidates who ran for two available seats in the 13th District. The voting was close, with Cadle finishing second only to incumbent Brady Paxton in the November general election but defeating the other incumbent, Helen Martin. Cadle will be sworn in Dec. 10.

“We made history,” Cadle told Land Line.

Cadle, a life member of OOIDA, says his fight against the West Virginia Parkways Authority’s plan to replace U.S. 35 with a toll road proved to be a hot issue among voters. Cadle led the opposition to the proposal in January 2011, rallying truckers and residents to write letters and attend public meetings.

His persistence paid off, as the Parkways Authority backed off on the toll concept a few months later.

Cadle rode the momentum through the Republican primary in May of this year, which he won, and carried it through the general election.

He spent just over $5,000 on his campaign but credits his victory to countless hours going door-to-door.

“That made the difference,” he said.

Cadle says he’ll work with state and federal lawmakers to fund roadway improvements without the need for tolls. He also says he’ll work to protect West Virginia’s coal mining industry.

Another trucker and business owner, Jim Butler, won a seat in the nearby 14th District, also campaigning on anti-toll sentiment.

“Both of us that were fighting the toll road got elected,” Cadle said.

The legislative session begins Feb. 13, 2013.

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