West Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates
State Primary: May 8, 2014
Republican Governor Candidate
Bill Maloney (R)
Democrat Governor Candidate
Earl Ray Tomblin (D)
Other Party Candidates
Phil Hudok (Constitution)
David Moran (Libertarian)
Jesse Johnson (Mountain)
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Conservative Voter Guide
Seven West Virginians have so far filed to run in this year's court-ordered special election for governor, as of the end of January.. The Republican field as of Wednesday featured former Secretary of State Betty Ireland, Putnam County prosecutor Mark Sorsaia and Del. Patrick Lane of Kanawha County. House Speaker Rick Thompson, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are the Democrats so far. Tomblin has had that role as Senate president under the state constitution, after Joe Manchin resigned November 15 to join the U.S. Senate. Jesse Johnson is a candidate for the Mountain Party, which has ballot status in the state.
West Virginia's early history from 1609 until 1863 is largely shared with Virginia, of which it was a part until Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861. The delegates of the 40 western counties who opposed secession formed their own government, which was granted statehood in 1863.
In 1731 Morgan Morgan established the first permanent white settlement on Mill Creek in present-day Berkeley County. Coal, a mineral asset that would figure significantly in West Virginia's history, was discovered in 1742. Other important natural resources are oil, natural gas, and hardwood forests, which cover about 75% of the state's area.
The state's rapid industrial expansion began in the 1870s, drawing thousands of European immigrants and African Americans into the region. Miners' strikes between 1912 and 1921 required the intervention of state and federal troops to quell the violence.
Today, the state ranks second in total coal production, with about 15% of the U.S. total. It is also a leader in steel, glass, aluminum, and chemical manufactures. Major agricultural commodities are poultry and eggs, dairy products, and apples.
Tourism is increasingly popular in mountainous West Virginia. More than a million acres have been set aside in 37 state parks and recreation areas and in 9 state forests and 2 national forests. Major points of interest include Harpers Ferry and New River Gorge National River, The Greenbrier and Berkeley Springs resorts, the scenic railroad at Cass, and the historic homes in the Eastern Panhandle.
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