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Sen. Kessler Officially Files for Governor's Race

Jeff Kessler

West Virginia democrats officially have a third candidate for governor after Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler officially filed paperwork Friday.
Appointed to the state Senate in 1997 and first elected to the chamber in 1998, Kessler served as Senate President from 2011 to 2014. As a current member of the Senate Confirmations, Economic Development, Finance and Rules Committees, Kessler represents West Virginia’s 2nd Senatorial District. 

The 60-year-old Marshall County native was the first to file pre-candidacy papers for the governor’s race last year. 

“Our people are hurting. West Virginia is facing a budget crisis,” said Kessler in a news release Friday.  

“We can’t endure any further economic neglect. West Virginia needs a leader who isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right and make the tough decisions when necessary. I have a record of fighting for people and what West Virginians hold dear, and I am proud of the work I have done.”

The West Virginia primary election is May 10, 2016.