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Glance of candidates in W.Va. congressional race

May 3, 2014
Associated Press

U.S. House, 3rd Congressional District:

Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall faces Richard Ojeda in the May 13 Democratic primary. Rahall is expected to win that race, setting up a tough re-election campaign against Republican Evan Jenkins, a state senator, who is running unopposed in the GOP primary.

Democratic Primary


Age: 64

Hometown: Beckley, W.Va.

Occupation: Congressman

Political experience: Congressman, 1977-present

Education: Bachelor's degree, Duke University

Selected Endorsements: United Mine Workers of American; American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia; West Virginia AFL-CIO



Age: 43

Hometown: Logan

Occupation: Military instructor, National Defense Cadet Corps; retired major, U.S. Army

Political experience: None

Education: Master's degree in business and organizational security, Webster University, St. Louis. Bachelor's degree from West Virginia State University.

Endorsements: None


Republican Primary


Age: 53

Hometown: Huntington

Occupation: Executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association

Political experience: Elected to West Virginia House of Delegates, 1994, served through 2000. Elected to state Senate, 2002, served through present.

Education: B.S. University of Florida; J.D., Cumberland School of Law

Selected Endorsements: West Virginia Farm PAC; Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; National Federation of Independent Businesses




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