U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and former chairman of the state Republican Party Conrad Lucas filed Wednesday with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office to run in the 2018 elections.
Manchin, a Democrat, filed for re-election to the Senate. Lucas filed as a candidate for Congress in the 3rd District.
Manchin’s documents were submitted by his wife, West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts Gayle Manchin, and his granddaughter, Kelsey Kirby, according to a news release.
He touted his team-up with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to form the Common Sense Coalition that helped broker the deal that ended the government shutdown on Monday.
“I’m running again because I know I can bridge the political divide and put the days of division behind us,” Manchin said in a news release. “Nothing will ever get fixed if both parties keep playing the blame game. Washington doesn’t have to suck, and we don’t have to accept gridlock. All it takes is both sides putting the country ahead of politics.”
Lucas is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Evan Jenkins, who is vacating the seat to run as a Republican for Manchin’s seat in the Senate. He filed his paperwork in person Wednesday, according to a Twitter posting.
Lucas was elected chairman of the state Republican Party in May 2012, becoming the youngest state party chair in the country at the time.
He currently is a registered lobbyist in the state with Capitol Resources LLC.
“My plan is simple: help President Trump drain the swamp, build the wall, fight terrorism, defend our Constitution and the Second Amendment, protect the right to life and defund Planned Parenthood,” he said in his campaign announcement video in November. “Get drugs out of our communities and jobs back in, and stand up for coal.”
The filing deadline is Jan. 27. The primary election is May 8.