Tennant officially announced candidacy

Local - 9/17/2013 12:54 PM by Nadine Grimley

BECKLEY - Secretary of State Natalie Tennant officially announced that she's running for U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller's seat in 2014.

At a conference at Tamarack in Beckley, Tennant shook hands with her supporters and announced that she will run for the United States Senate.  She said her decision to run came after hearing from citizens all across the state who were concerned about the nation's direction, intense discussion with her family, and many prayers.  She also said for anyone who thought she was too liberal, think again.

"When you want to talk about being a fiscal conservative, no one shows that better than I do, who has given back three million dollars to the tax payers of West Virginia, instead of being obstructionist in what's taking place in Washington, D.C.," said Tennant, "We can't have people saying no all the time, I'm a person that says yes and we can accomplish the promises and possibilities that are represented to us in West Virginia."

Kenny Perdue, a Tennant supporter, was overjoyed about Tennant's announcement.  "Somebody to fill U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller's shoes has to be a person who has vision, energy, and desire to make West Virginia better and I do think Natalie Tennant has that vision, and I think West Virginia deserves nothing less."

Tennant's candidacy sets up the possibility of a high-profile battle with another woman, the seven-term popular Republican U.S. Representative Shelly Moore Capito.  Capito voiced her intentions to run prior to Rockefeller's announcement that he wouldn't seek a sixth term.

CHARLESTON - Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says she'll run for the US Senate.

In a press release Tennant says Tuesday she'll formally announce her candidacy for the United States Senate.

Tennant says her decision to run has come after hearing from citizens all across the state who are concerned about the nation's direction, intense discussion with her family and many prayers.

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