SUTTON, W.Va. -- On Sunday, the Mountain Party held its nominating convention in Sutton to choose candidates for the U.S. Senate and West Virginia governor.All candidates running for state office must file papers with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant by August 1.The convention nominated Jesse Johnson, a frequent Mountain Party candidate, to run for governor, according to Eric McLaughlin, chairman of the Mountain Party's Communications Committee.Johnson will run against incumbent Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, and Bill Maloney, a Republican and Morgantown businessman.
Last year, Maloney lost a special gubernatorial election to Tomblin.Former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber will run as the Mountain Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Baber will face incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and John Raese, a Republican and Morgantown businessman.Raese lost to Manchin in a special election for Senate in 2010.Last week, former longtime South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb announced that he would not be a Mountain Party candidate for U.S. Senate.McLaughlin declined to comment on the details of the Mountain Party's political positions."We are still hammering out some details. Then we can make a more definitive statement," he said Tuesday.