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Campaign Trails: Senate candidates tour Huntington area businesses, facilities

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Republican and Democratic candidates, respectively, for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, each made stops in the Huntington area this week.

Capito toured the Huntington Internal Medicine Group Regional Medical Center on U.S. 60 in Huntington on Thursday. She participated in a discussion with HIMG staff and health care, the economy and other issues impacting businesses operating in the state.

Tennant visited the Huntington VA Medical Center on Wednesday as part of a statewide tour of Veterans Affairs facilities. The tour also included stops at VA facilities in Martinburg and Beckley.

At each facility, she spoke privately with hospital administration before touring facilities and meeting with veterans.

"My father is a Korean War veteran and my husband served in Afghanistan, so like many West Virginians this is a personal issue for me," Tennant said in a press release. "It's clear there are many quality, caring people at the VA facilities in West Virginia who are working hard for our veterans, but we need to make sure the system allows them to provide the care our veterans deserve. We cannot accept anything less than the best possible care for West Virginia veterans and their families."

RAHALL TO BE AT LOGAN FESTIVAL: Rep. Nick J. Rahall-D.W.Va., will deliver remarks honoring local veterans in an official ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5, as part of Logan's annual Freedom Festival. The ceremony is expected to last 45 minutes and will conclude with a flyover.

WEST VIRGINIA CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS: The West Virginia Citizens Defense League, the state's largest pro-gun lobbying group, has announced political endorsements for the 2014 general election.

"The following individuals have shown to have West Virginia firearms owners' best interests in mind, and have pledged to promote pro-gun legislation in West Virginia. I have full confidence in them," Art Thomm, vice president of WVCDL, said in a news release.

Endorsements are as follows:

Shelley Moore Capito, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

Alex Mooney, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2. District 2 includes Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Gary Johngrass, Republican candidate for W.Va. Senate, District 7. District 7 includes Lincoln and Logan counties and parts of Mingo and Wayne counties.

Scott Cadle, Republican candidate for W.Va. House, District 13. District 13 includes parts of Jackson, Mason and Putnam counties.

Jim Butler, Republican candidate for W.Va. House, District 14. District 14 includes parts of Mason and Putnam counties.

Carol Miller, Republican candidate for W.Va. House; and Dale Anderson II, Republican candidate for W.Va. House, both in District 16. District 16 includes parts of Cabell and Lincoln counties.

Doug Reynolds, Democratic candidate for W.Va. House; and Joyce Holland, Republican candidate for W.Va. House, both in District 17. District 17 includes parts of Cabell and Wayne counties.

Kelli Sobonya, Republican candidate for W.Va. House, District 18. District 18 includes parts of Cabell County.

Steve Marcum, Republican candidate for W.Va. House, District 19. District 19 includes parts of Wayne County.

Jeff Eldridge, Democratic candidate for W.Va. House; and Michel Moffatt Sr., Republican candidate for W.Va. House, both in District 22. District 22 includes parts of Boone, Lincoln, Logan and Putnam counties.

Patrick Lane, Republican candidate for W.Va. House, District 38. District 38 includes parts of Kanawha and Putnam counties.

RAHALL SERVES AS PARADE GRAND MARSHALL: Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., served as Grand Marshall for the Point Pleasant Regatta parade on Saturday, June 28. The parade was part of the annual celebration.

CASEY ENDORSED: Nick Casey, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia District 2, has been endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition, described as a group of independent minded, fiscally conservative Democrats.

District 2 includes Kanawha and Putnam counties.

"Nick Casey's experience as a CPA and a community leader who brings people together to solve difficult problems makes him a perfect fit for the Blue Dogs, and we are proud to give Nick our full endorsement today," Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Blue Dog Co-Chair, said in a news release. "The Blue Dogs are well-known for their willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done and bring an independent voice to the discussion. Nick will do both of those things."

MOONEY ENDORSED: Alex Mooney, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia District 2, has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business Save America's Free Enterprise Now Trust.

District 2 includes Kanawha and Putnam counties.

"There would be no learning curve with Alex Mooney in Congress," L. Gil White, NFIB's West Virginia state director, said in a press release. "As a small-business owner, he has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to keep the doors open and paydays met. And as a former state representative, he's well acquainted with the difficulties small business owners face in their interaction with government and its regulations. He's been a particular champion for the rights of independent contractors."

The Herald-Dispatch is running news, including events and endorsements, from candidates running in the 2014 election cycle. To submit your campaign news, send an email to news@herald-dispatch.com with the subject line "Campaign Trails."

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