He will campaign for the 2nd District Seat.
A former Frederick County elected official is continuing his political career on the other side of the Potomac River. One-time State Senator Alex Mooney announced on Monday that he's running for the House of Representatives from the Second Congressional District in West Virginia. "I have a proven voting record as a Maryland State Senator as a fighter. And I think that now that I live in West Virginia, I am bringing that to West Virginia where I can help as a member of Congress and fight for our conservative values," he says.
Mooney served as a State Senator for Frederick County from 1999-2011. After that, he was picked as the chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. Earlier this year, Mooney resigned as the GOP Party Chairman and moved to West Virginia.
After he relocated to the Mountain State, Mooney didn't formally announce his intentions to run for Congress at that time. But there was speculation. "So I've been going to meetings and talking to activists throughout West Virginia, and they've made it clear they want someone in their Congressman who will fight hard against out of control government, the EPA, even the IRS auditing folks. They want someone who will fight for conservative values," he said.
Mooney is running for the seat of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who has decided to run for the US Senate. He will be facing other candidates for the Congressional seat, including Republicans Larry Faircloth, Robert Fluharty, Steve Harrison, Jim Moss and Robert Morrisey. The Democrats in the race are Nick Casey, Matt Dunn, Steve Gower and Doug Skaff. Those candidates' names come from the Politics1.com website.
The Second Congressional District in West Virginia is a large area, encompassing 17 counties from Charles Town to Charleston. It stretches from the Ohio River near the state of Ohio to the Potomac River at the Eastern Panhandle. The District also touches the border of Virginia, according to the opencongress.org website. But Mooney says he's not deterred when it comes to meeting people and trying to persuade them to vote for him. "It's going to be a lot of work, and I enjoy that, frankly. I look forward to it. I love meeting people. I've never hidden who I am, or where I stand for, or where I come from," he says.
Mooney says he believes West Virginia is leaning strongly in the GOP column. "I am an ardent Republican; everybody knows that. I think West Virginia is going to go heavily Republican in the next few years, and I'm excited to be part of that," says Mooney.
For anyone planning to run for office next year in West Virginia, the deadline to register, if you're a member of a major political party, is January, 2014. Independents have until August, and write-ins need to file by September. The Primary is scheduled for May 13, 2014.
"I love living in West Virginia. It's a conservative state. It fits my views very well. I'm there to stay, no matter what happens in this race," says Mooney.