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Former Del. Lane announces bid for W.Va. 2nd District seat in U.S. House

August 12, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Former Del. Charlotte Lane of Kanawha County, wearing red dress, poses Monday with Berkeley County Republican party leaders and campaign supporters outside the Berkeley County Courthouse after announcing her bid for West Virginia's 2nd District seat in Congress.
By Matthew Umstead/Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — On her 65th birthday, former Del. Charlotte Lane announced Monday in appearances in Martinsburg and Charleston, W.Va., that she is running for Congress in the 2nd District.

In a brief stump speech Monday evening outside the Berkeley County Courthouse, Lane touted her work to protect West Virginia jobs while serving on the International Trade Commission and involvement in public water and sewer issues in Berkeley County while serving on the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

Lane, a Republican and a resident of Kanawha County in southern West Virginia, particularly noted the success of the consolidation of the public service districts in the county in her tenure as chairwoman of the PSC.

“With this part of the state being such a high growth area, you need a good infrastructure, and I was very helpful in trying to help your county officials and your other local officials achieve those goals,” Lane said.

Lane joins a number of other candidates who are vying to replace Republican Shelley Moore Capito, who announced last fall that she would run for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who is retiring.

Former Del. Larry V. Faircloth, R-Berkeley, announced in January that he was running for the seat. And in June, former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney, who recently moved to Berkeley County, announced his candidacy. Republicans Robert Fluharty of Charles Town, W.Va., and Jim Moss also have filed precandidacy papers.

Ron Walters Jr., son of Del. Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, is expected to announce his bid for Congress Tuesday in Martinsburg, Berkeley County Republican leaders said at Lane’s announcement.

On the Democratic side, former state party Chairman Nick Casey, Kanawha County Del. Meshea Poore and Matthew Dunn of Jefferson County have announced campaigns or filed papers for the 2nd Congressional District seat. 

If elected, Lane said she would concentrate on three issues: job creation, repeal of “Obamacare” and halt of “runaway” federal spending.

Lane was especially critical of the president in regard to regulation of the state’s coal industry, saying the death of coal could result in a tripling of electricity rates, making them among the nation’s highest.

In a brief interview, Lane, who served two terms in the House of Delegates, said she was on the redistricting committee in 1991, which drew the 2nd District lines as they generally span today, from Shenandoah River in Jefferson County across the state to Mason County on Ohio River.

Although unsuccessful in her bid to unseat then-state Attorney General Darrell McGraw in 1996, Lane said she had a 55 percent to 45 percent edge over McGraw among voters in the 2nd District in that contest.

Lane said attorneys Hoy Shingleton, Charles Trump and Mike Caryl were helping with her campaign in the Eastern Panhandle.

Caryl, who introduced Lane as a longtime friend, said she would do a lot of good things for the Eastern Panhandle, as Capito has done since she was first elected in 2000.

Trump, who served with Lane in the state Legislature, said he thinks Lane will make a great congressional member for the 2nd District.

“I’m really thrilled she’s running,” Trump said.

State Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, who attended Lane’s announcement Monday, said he wasn’t backing any particular candidate at the moment.

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