Associated Press Published

Second District Race to See Competition


Congressman Alex Mooney has been an inspiration for other candidates to run in West Virginia 2nd District.

Mooney’s Republican opponent on May 10, along with some of the five Democrats in the primary, cite Mooney’s move from Maryland to West Virginia a year before he was elected in 2014 as one reason for their efforts to unseat him this year.

Critics have labeled Mooney as a political opportunist and out of tune with voters in a district that stretches 300 miles from the Ohio River to the fast-growing Eastern Panhandle.

The congressman says he want to be judged by his stand on the issues.

Mooney faces Marc Savitt in the GOP primary. The Democratic candidates are Mark Hunt, Tom Payne, Harvey Peyton, Cory Simpson and Robin Wilson.