Who will be the next Congressman from West Virginia’s second congressional district? Either Republican Alex Mooney or Democrat Nick Casey. But who are they? Each won their party’s respective primary election last night—and if you live in the second district—you’ll have to vote for one of them on Tuesday, November 4. And in 2015, one of them will represent you in the United States House of Representatives.
Who is Democrat Nick Casey?
Casey is a 60-year-old lawyer and accountant from Charleston. Casey served as chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party from 2004 to 2010 and worked on several campaigns. He has two kids, a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from WVU. After easily winning the primary, Casey told the Gazette: “It’s quite clear that we need to build roads, bridges, schools, water and sewer projects in this country and that we need a real energy policy that lets our state contribute to the national economy.”
Who is Republican Alex Mooney?
Mooney is a 42-year-old Charles Town resident who most recently served in the Maryland State Senate from 1999 to 2011. Mooney also served as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. The Gazette reports that Mooney moved to West Virginia a little more than a year ago. His opponents in the Republican primary tried to label Mooney as a carpetbagger, but he argued the district he served in Maryland is very similar to WV-2. Mooney said after winning the primary that “he would fight against the Affordable Care Act, the ‘war on coal’ and to protect traditional values.” His win is largely considered by the national press as a victory for the Tea Party.
Who will they replace?
Mooney (R) or Casey (D) will replace Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican who currently represents WV-2. Capito has held the seat since 2001 when she ran to replace Democrat Bob Wise who was running (and won) for Governor. She was the first Republican elected to Congress from West Virginia since 1983 and the first woman ever elected to Congress from our state. She’s moving on to run for the Senate—a seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Jay Rockefeller.
Do I live in the Second Congressional District?
If you live in Charleston, Elkins or Martinsburg, yes, yes you do. Here’s a map of the district:
How Do I Vote?
First you must be registered to vote. Check if you’re registered to vote. If you’re not registered, you must register by October 14, 2014. The West Virginia Secretary of State’s website has step-by-step instructions on how to register and a list of frequently asked questions.