Earlier this month, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared public campaign financing matching funds to be an unconstitutional infringement on the free speech rights of privately funded candidates, the state Supreme Court justices denied Loughry more than $140,000 in public matching campaign funds.
Loughry, a clerk for the state high court, sought the release of the funds under a state Supreme Court public campaign financing pilot project.
"I chose to take part in that program," Loughry said. "It's been a long several months."
Loughry, while clearly disappointed in the decision, said that he is hoping to move on with his campaign.
"I want to move forward and continue to beat the bushes hard and meet the people," he said.
Yoder, a Berkeley County circuit judge, said that he would support a plan that would eliminate partisan judicial elections in West Virginia.
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