CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Charlotte Lane on Monday officially filed to run for the U.S. House seat now held by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.Casey, a Charleston lawyer and former head of the state Democratic Party, said, "This is a good time to send seasoned people to Washington, but not people who are not prepared to sit down and talk. We shouldn't disagree in advance. I would like to be part of the solution to keep things going well in Washington."Casey, who was accompanied by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, said he believes a new federal budget "should avoid waste and fraud. We need to use improve our infrastructure. We see what has happened with our recent water problems."
Lane, a former International Trade Commission representative under President George W. Bush, has also headed the state Public Service Commission and served as a state legislator. Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, joined her during her filing at the Secretary of State's office. "Since announcing my candidacy in August, I have been gratified by the outpouring of support and positive reinforcement from West Virginians throughout the Second District," Lane said in a press release. "There is a lot of work to do and a lot more money to raise, but I feel confident about where we are at as a campaign and I know my message to send a true West Virginia Republican to fight Obama's war on West Virginia will continue to resonate with voters."Others who have filed in the 2nd District congressional race are Republicans Alex Mooney, a former Maryland Republican Party chairman, and Putnam County resident Jim Moss. Several others have said they will run for the seat. The deadline to file is Saturday.