Steven Gower of Weston also plans to run in the Democratic primary, according to filings with the Secretary of State.
Jacob Winowich, executive director of the state Democratic Party, said he didn't expect any other Democrats to enter the race. "This is a pretty strong field on the Democratic side," Winowich said.
Among Republicans, Charlotte Lane, a former state Public Service Commission member who later served on the U.S. International Trade Commission, announced plans to run for the 2nd District seat last month. Lane, now a lawyer, also served in the House of Delegates, representing Kanawha County, for four years.
Other GOP contenders are: Steve Harrison, a former state senator who plans to announce his candidacy later this summer; Larry Faircloth, a former House of Delegates member from Martinsburg; Robert Lawrence Fluharty of Charles Town; Alex Mooney, a former Maryland GOP chairman who recently moved to West Virginia; and Jim Moss of Hurricane.
State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said Tuesday that he wouldn't be surprised if additional GOP candidates get in the race. Lucas said he's confident the congressional set will remain in Republican hands.
"We have no concerns about holding the district, particularly with Obama's stance against coal," he said. "It's very difficult to run federally as a Democrat in West Virginia right now."
The 2nd District stretches across 18 West Virginia counties -- from Mason to Jefferson counties.
Candidates have until January to file to run for the congressional seat.
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