January 19, 2010
Candidate walks 40 miles to run for office

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- 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.

Eplin set out from the Logan-Boone county line around 9:40 p.m. Monday, carrying a backpack full of power bars, Hershey chocolate, Gatorade and water, he said. Some friends followed him in a car until about 3 a.m.

He arrived at the Capitol shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, wearing a button-down shirt, khakis and sneakers.

He limped down the hall as he made his way to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office to file his candidacy.

Earlier Tuesday, Eplin stopped at the Bob Evans restaurant at Southridge Centre, where he ordered a three-cheese omelet and hash browns.

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