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Richard Ojeda, candidate for W.Va. Senate District 7

The Herald-Dispatch

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. - A Democratic candidate in the District 7 West Virginia Senate race was attacked about 12:30 p.m. Sunday at a cookout in Logan County.

Richard Ojeda suffered multiple fractures and lacerations and severe swelling to his head and face, according to investigating officer Trooper Z. Holden with the West Virginia State Police Logan Detachment. Ojeda was expected to have surgery soon, but wanted to get out of the hospital as soon as he could to resume the campaign, Holden said. A suspect, Jonathan Porter, was being held in connection with the incident

Holden said Ojeda was attending a political cookout at a friend's house when a man lured him away to apply a bumper sticker to his truck.

Ojeda was bent down applying the bumper sticker when the man struck him with an unknown object, knocking Ojeda out.

The man continued hitting and kicking Ojeda until a neighbor noticed and ran over, Holden said.

The attacker got into his truck and backed up, but the neighbor was able to block him, Holden said. The attacker fled the scene, running into two ATVs that were blocking the road, one of which had a driver. The driver suffered no injuries, Holden said.

Troopers arrested Porter about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. He is being held pending three charges and will be booked in the Southwestern Regional Jail.

Ojeda is running against incumbent Art Kirkendoll in District 7, which covers Boone, Lincoln and Logan counties and parts of Mingo and Wayne counties.

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