He filed for office as a Republican and I am proud to say that he now represents Poca and the rest of the 13th House District, along with longtime Delegate Brady Paxton, D-Putnam.
Another recruit was Jim Butler of Gallipolis Ferry, who lives on the family farm after an illustrious career in the Marines.
He won in the 14th House District. He and Cadle are the first delegates from Mason County in 20 years. The last one was Democrat Charles Damron.
In Kanawha County, efforts to break up the gargantuan 30th House District paid off for Republicans.
Voters re-elected Eric Nelson, added public relations executive Suzette Raines and - if vote totals hold -- lawyer John B. McCuskey.
Raines is 28. She succeeds a woman who first was elected to the House 30 years ago.
That shows which party has the new ideas and which is the party of ways that have failed the state for 80-plus years.
With the re-election of Delegate Eric Nelson, Republicans will hold three of the seven seats that were in the old 30th District.
All in all, voters gave Republicans six of the 11 delegate seats in Kanawha County's House districts No. 35 through 40.
In the state Senate, Republicans will be outnumbered "only" 25-9 as they picked up a few seats, including the 8th District, where two sons of delegates duked it out. Republican Chris Walters won.
Republicans also gained a seat on the state Supreme Court with the election of Allen Loughry. He will join Republican Justice Brent Benjamin on the court in January.
The party is building itself from the bottom up. Former Republican Delegates David McKinley and Shelley Moore Capito now serve in Congress.
Efforts to elect legislators to other statewide offices failed this year, but working one's way up from the House or the Senate takes time.
Just ask Earl Ray Tomblin, who spent more than 30 years in the Legislature before he became governor two years ago.
And as Morrisey and Loughry proved, there are other paths to the Statehouse - if you have the proper footwear.
Surber may be reached at donsur...@dailymail.com.