MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Former Del. Larry V. Faircloth, R-Berkeley, announced Wednesday that he will run next year for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
Faircloth, 64, of Inwood, W.Va., said in a news release that he has been encouraged by friends and supporters to run for Capito’s seat and would work hard with both political parties if elected.
“In November of 2014, when the election is over, the job of representing the citizens of our state and nation must begin and the gridlock in Washington, D.C., must stop,” Faircloth said in his announcement.
Faircloth said Wednesday that he would never run against Capito, R-W.Va., who announced in November that she would seek the Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., in 2014. Rockefeller since has announced he will not seek re-election.
Faircloth filed a pre-candidacy form for the 2nd Congressional District on Jan. 16, according to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office. Republican Robert L. Fluharty of Charles Town, W.Va., and Democrat Steven A. Gower of Weston, W.Va., also have filed pre-candidacy forms for the seat, according to Tennant’s office.