The race for the U.S. Senate currently occupied by Sen. Jay Rockefeller is growing.
John Buckley, a Libertarian, announced Friday he would launch a campaign for the seat. According to a news release, he plans to campaign statewide with his “Live and Let Live” message.
“In recent years, I have come to realize that party labels are not nearly as important as what principles a person stands for,” Buckley said. “Principles of limited government should be applied across the board, not just as to taxes, spending and economic regulation, but to persona, lifestyle decisions as well.”
Buckley says he favors lowering the level of federal taxes and spending, supports gun owners, respects private property and also supports the legalization of medical marijuana, same-sex marriage “and ending Big Brother snooping and spying on American citizens.”
“Most West Virginians don’t like being told what to do and don’t relish telling others what to do, either,” Buckley said. “Instead, they prefer to ‘live and let live.’”
Buckley plans regional campaign launches to take place after Tuesday’s primary. He’ll likely face Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant in the November general election.
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The National Republican Congressional Committee has named U.S. House candidate Evan Jenkins a “young gun.”
According to a release from the NRCC, Jenkins has reached Young Gun status, meaning he’s at the top tier of the committee’s three-tier recruitment program. He’s attained that status thanks in part to “his ability to build a formidable campaign structure and achieve important goals and benchmarks.”
The Young Guns program, formed in the 2007-2008 election cycle with the help of Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and others, supports and mentors challengers and open-seat candidates in congressional races nationwide.
“Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration,” said NRCC chairman Greg Walden. “Evan has outlined conservative principles that will grow jobs, stop the harmful effects of Obamacare and get Washington’s spending under control. Evan has met a series of rigorous goals that will put him in a position to win on Election Day.”
Jenkins, a Republican, currently serves in the state Senate, representing the Huntington area, He switched parties last year in order to challenge Rep. Nick Rahall, a Democrat who has represented the state in Congress since 1977.
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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is encouraging residents to cast their ballots today and report any suspicions of election law violations.
Tennant, who also is running for U.S. Senate, said her office would send out dozens of liaisons across the state to help local election workers and improve communication between state and local officials on Election Day. They’ll be able to respond quickly to election law violations and evaluate any other issues. Tennant said her office would review each report of election law violation.
“While we cannot publicly discuss the details of individual election law violation investigations, I can assure the citizens of West Virginia that we look into every single allegation that comes in to this office,” she said. “I do not tolerate people trying to chip away at the foundation of our democracy, our election process. It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to, where in West Virginia you are or what office you may hold. If you break the law and try to manipulate our election process we will come after you.”
A voters bill of rights is available on the secretary of state’s website, www.wvsos.com. To report a suspected election law violation or other voting issue, contact the secretary of state’s office at 304-558-6000.
COMPILED BY WHITNEY BURDETTE