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Capito announces run for U.S. House

October 18, 1999

CapitoBy DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Kanawha County delegate on Monday announced her decision to run for West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District seat, considered an important race in determining which party will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001.

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Republican Shelley Moore Capito is running for the U.S. House seat that U.S. Rep. Bob Wise, D-W.Va., is giving up to run for governor.

Capito said an open seat in Congress is a "rarity" and she is prepared to give a hard battle for the position.

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"Those of you who know me know that I am more than a little bit competitive," Capito said as she announced her candidacy on the steps of the Berkeley County Courthouse Monday afternoon.

If she wins, Capito said her victory would ensure West Virginia a seat at the federal government table, which it "currently does not have."

Capito, daughter of former Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr., made a similar campaign announcement earlier in the day in Charleston.

The delegate said her priorities are good education and a safe environment for students, securing Medicare and Social Security benefits for the elderly and job creation.

Regarding local issues, Capito said she has always strongly supported road construction projects to give growing communities the transportation systems they need. She also favors balancing urban growth and rural areas, although she said that is really a "local issue" that is controlled by county commissions.

A mother of three teenagers, Capito said she and her husband Charlie spend a lot of time attending their children's volleyball, football and baseball games.

Capito said when she is in the bleachers at the games with parents of other children, she learns what is important to the people of the state.

"These are the lessons and the messages that I carry with me in my public life," she said.

Capito formed an exploratory committee in July to raise money and gauge voter support in the 2nd Congressional District, which spans the central part of the state from Jefferson County to Mason County. She has been mentioned by Republican National Chairman Jim Nicholson as one of the GOP's top prospects.

She is the only Republican candidate for the seat. Democratic candidates are Secretary of State Ken Hechler, Delegates Jon Amores and Mark Hunt, Sen. Martha Walker and former state Sen. Jim Humphreys, all of Kanawha County; Beth Taylor of Salem, and Dewey Berry of Craigsville.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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