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Glance of candidates in West Virginia Senate race

April 27, 2014
Associated Press

US Senate:

GOP U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant each face two longshots in primaries for retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's Democratic seat. Their presumed November matchup is a significant one in the battle for control of the narrowly Democratic Senate.

Democratic Primary

NATALIE TENNANT

Age: 46

Hometown: Charleston

Occupation: West Virginia secretary of state

Political experience: Elected as Democratic secretary of state in 2008. Re-elected in 2012.

Education: Bachelor's degree, West Virginia University

Endorsements: Charleston Gazette; U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin; U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller; West Virginia AFL-CIO; AFSCME; EMILY's List; Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett, ret.; National Education Association/West Virginia Education Association; American Federation of Teachers (West Virginia); Service Employees International Union; American Association for Justice; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Teamsters; Communications Workers of America; United Steelworkers; Sheet Metal Workers; Plumbers/Pipefitters; Operating Engineers; Asbestos Workers; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; The United Food and Commercial Workers; United Automobile Workers; American Federation of Government Employees; National Elevator Constructors; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Contributions: $1.5 million

Cash on hand: $1.1 million

Campaign: http://natalietennant.com/

DENNIS MELTON

Age: 55

Hometown: Buckhannon

Occupation: Electrician

Political experience: None

Education: One year at Salem College

Endorsements: None

Contributions: $0

Cash on hand: $0

Campaign: N/A

DAVID WAMSLEY

Age: 64

Hometown: Williamstown

Occupation: School psychologist, real estate investor

Political experience: None

Education: Bachelor's degree, West Virginia Wesleyan College; master's degree, Miami University (Ohio); took doctoral classes at Indiana University at Pennsylvania.

Endorsements: None

Contributions: $5,218

Cash on hand: $798

Campaign: http://davidbwamsley.com/

Republican Primary

SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO

Age: 60

Hometown: Charleston

Occupation: Congresswoman in West Virginia's second district

Political experience: Elected to W.Va. House of Delegates in 1996, re-elected in 1998; elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 2000 and subsequently re-elected.

Education: Bachelor's degree, Duke University; master's degree, University of Virginia

Endorsements: Maggie's List; ShePAC; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; West Virginia Farm PAC; WV Citizens for Coal, West Virginia Coal Association; Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce

Contributions: $4.1 million

Cash on hand: $4.2 million

Campaign: http://www.capitoforsenate.com/

MATTHEW DODRILL

Age: 35

Hometown: Parkersburg

Occupation: Real estate investor

Political experience: None

Education: Bachelor's degree, regents bachelor's degree and associate's from West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Endorsements: None

Contributions: $0

Cash on hand: $0

Campaign: www.matthewdodrill.com

LARRY EUGENE BUTCHER

Age: 62

Hometown: Washington

Occupation: Former craftsman

Political experience: ran unsuccessfully as Democrat for state Senate in 1990 and 1994, for governor in 1992; changed to Republican in 1999; ran for governor in 2000, state Senate in 2006

Education: received G.E.D. with the Air Force; three semesters at Parkersburg Community College

Endorsements: None

Contributions: $0

Cash on hand: $0

Campaign: N/A

 
 

 

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