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Campaign Trails: Mountain Party endorses independent candidate, elects new leader

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

SUTTON, W.Va. -- Independent Ed Rabel will be on the November ballot in a 2nd Congressional District race in West Virginia that also features Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney.

District 2 includes Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Rabel was an award-winning CBS and NBC News correspondent. Rabel said in a news release he collected the 2,269 validated signatures required by law. The Mountain Party has endorsed him.

The Mountain Party also announced Bob Henry Baber of Nicholas County as a candidate for U.S. Senate, according to a news release.

Environmental activist Elise Keaton was chosen as executive chair of the Mountain Party to replace Charlotte Pritt.

"Regardless of prior political inclinations, members of the Mountain Party come together around the values we share: health, mountains, clean waters, and thriving communities," Keaton said in the news release. "West Virginia is the crown gem of Appalachia and has much more to offer than just her mineral resources. I'm honored to lead the party willing to fight for and protect her true bounty, the people who live here."

MOONEY ENDORSED BY W.VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Alex Mooney, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia's Second District, has been endorsed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

"Alex Mooney is a committed fighter who will stand up for West Virginia jobs and conservative values in Congress," Morrisey said in a press release. "Alex Mooney has a proven record of standing up to big government special interests, and I know he's ready to fight for us in Congress. I know Alex Mooney will fight against Obamacare and will be a strong ally in our efforts to protect coal miners and stand strong against EPA overreach."

District 2 includes Kanawha and Putnam counties.

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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