On the last day to file for this year's election, there were no big surprises in the race for retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat in the U.S. Senate.West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito will run against each other for the seat.As of 5 p.m. Saturday, four other people had also filed with Tennant's office to run for the Senate seat, although Tea Party favorite Pat McGeehan was not one of them.Besides Capito and Tennant, Larry Butcher and Matthew Dodrill, both Republicans from Wood County, Dennis Melton a Democrat from Lewis County and David Wamsley, a Wood County Democrat, had also filed to run for Rockefeller's seat.
The secretary of state's office stayed open until midnight Saturday to accommodate late filers. Potential candidates could also mail their paperwork, which needed to be postmarked by Saturday.For U.S. House of Representatives, state Auditor Glen Gainer is challenging incumbent David McKinley in the northern first district. State Senator Evan Jenkins, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Nick Rahall in the southern third district. In the second congressional district, which includes Charleston, Delegate Meshea Poore and Nick Casey, an attorney and former chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, will run as Democrats to try fill the seat vacated by Capito.Republicans running for Capito's seat include Charlotte Lane, a former International Trade Commission representative under President George W. Bush, Alex Mooney, a former Maryland Republican Party chairman, Jim Moss, Ken Reed and Ron Walters Jr.
Lana Valentine Brown, state elections director, said the office received several calls Saturday from people asking questions about the deadline. "We have taken phone calls from people in the northern part of the state trying to drive down today [to file], which is interesting considering the weather," Valentine Brown said.On its website, the secretary of state's office was also live-streaming a video of people who came to the office to file.Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., two people came to the office to file, Valentine Brown said. Another 9 have filed between noon and 4 p.m., she said."It seems like an extraordinarily large amount of people filing for executive committees and state delegates," Valentine Brown said.As of 5 p.m., four people from Kanawha County had filed to run for state senate race. Candidates include incumbent Erik Wells and state delegate Doug Skaff Jr.Thirty-five people had filed to run for Kanawha County seats in the state house of delegates. Six people from Putnam County had also filed to run for the state house of delegates.