CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Charlotte Lane on Monday officially filed to run for the U.S. House seat now held by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
Casey, a Charleston lawyer and former head of the state Democratic Party, said, "This is a good time to send seasoned people to Washington, but not people who are not prepared to sit down and talk. We shouldn't disagree in advance. I would like to be part of the solution to keep things going well in Washington."
Casey, who was accompanied by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, said he believes a new federal budget "should avoid waste and fraud. We need to use improve our infrastructure. We see what has happened with our recent water problems."
Lane, a former International Trade Commission representative under President George W. Bush, has also headed the state Public Service Commission and served as a state legislator. Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, joined her during her filing at the Secretary of State's office.
"Since announcing my candidacy in August, I have been gratified by the outpouring of support and positive reinforcement from West Virginians throughout the Second District," Lane said in a press release. "There is a lot of work to do and a lot more money to raise, but I feel confident about where we are at as a campaign and I know my message to send a true West Virginia Republican to fight Obama's war on West Virginia will continue to resonate with voters."
Others who have filed in the 2nd District congressional race are Republicans Alex Mooney, a former Maryland Republican Party chairman, and Putnam County resident Jim Moss. Several others have said they will run for the seat. The deadline to file is Saturday.