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A Unique Way to File For Your Candidacy (and other WV Election News)

Its been a few days since I put out a diary, so I may be a bit rusty

I’ll save the crux of the diary for last, but first there is some important WV Congressional district 1 news that needs to be mentioned.

Election day is today in West Virginia and I personally can’t wait. I will cast my vote, and not reveal who it is I am voting for. The first Congressional district is up for grabs and it should indeed be an exciting race! State Senator Michael Oliverio is up for the Democratic Party’s nomination, against incumbent virtuoso Alan Mollohan (D-WV). I haven’t found any recent reliable polls so the race is pretty up in the air.

To complicate matters further, and to induce more mudslinging, the mentioning of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) has been used in attempts to mar Oliverio’s reputation. ALEC is considered a right-wing group that strives to advance "free-market principles, limited government, etc…. However, Oliverio succeeded Joe Manchin (Governor of West Virginia) as the West Virginia Co-Chair

Oliverio is West Virginia co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Oliverio succeeded now-Gov. Joe Manchin in the post.

With nearly 2,000 members, ALEC is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, individual membership association of state legislators.

Gazette Blog

The winner of this primary challenge will face the winner of a slew of Republican candidates.

In West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., faces state Sen. Mike Oliverio, D-Monongalia, for the Democratic nomination to the seat. The nominee will face the winner of the Republican primary in the Nov. 2 general election. The six GOP hopefuls include Cindy Hall, Patricia VanGilder Levenson and David B. McKinley of Wheeling, Sarah Minear and Mac Warner of Morgantown and Thomas Stark of Parkersburg.

Source: Wheeling Intelligencer

In my opinion, I think the district will stay blue regardless however it will be a battle.

Not in the national spotlight but still an awesome story, is a race in the West Virginia House of Delegates. David Eplin, a Democrat from Logan County, set out in a unique way to file his candidacy for House of Delegates.

When David Eplin traveled from Logan County to Charleston to file paperwork at the secretary of state’s office this week, he took the typical route: U.S. 119. But the 23-year-old says he trekked the 40-some miles by foot.

Eplin, a Chapmanville resident, is running for a seat in the House of Delegates 19th District. The Democrat works as a warehouseman at the Pepsi Bottling Group in Logan.

He wanted to prove his dedication to potential constituents, he said. So he walked — and sometimes ran — to the Capitol.

Source: Charleston Gazette

A unique, and dedicated, way to file your candidacy and show the voters of your district that you care about them and want to serve them well. This should come as now surprise, the citizens of West Virginia are among the most caring and thoughtful individuals this state has to offer. Election day is going to be an exciting day, and I look forward to bringing a full report once results come in.

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Chuckie Corra

Chuckie Corra

I am a young, moderately liberal/progressive Democrat currently residing in the state of West Virginia. I attend Shepherd University, work closely with YDA, and have been active on FDL for about 6 months. I worked with the Elewana Education Project in Kenya to promote technology growth in secondary school students. My focus, then, tends to be on issues effecting WV, environmental issues (specifically coal issues), and growing African democracies specifically Kenya. I'm pretty open-minded