Six months after mid-term elections, the race for West Virginia’s next governor is already underway with two major announcements this week from Republican leaders.
On Monday, Republican Congressman David McKinley announced on a conference call with reporters he was setting aside personal aspirations to run for re-election to the House of Representative. His announcement was followed quickly Tuesday by a press conference where Senate President Bill Cole confirmed he would run for the office.
“I will be a candidate for governor of the great state of West Virginia,” Cole said during the short speech at his Nissan dealership near Bluefield. He followed the announcement with a second press conference in Charleston where he was surrounded by Republican members of both the House and Senate.