CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former Kanawha County state senator says he could not remain on the political sidelines with a U.S. House seat in the 2nd Congressional District on the line.

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Steve Harrison

“I am running because I am concerned about the direction this (Obama) Administration is leading our nation and I feel that I have a duty to try to do something about it,” said Steve Harrison on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Harrison, who lives in Kanawha County and is a community bank vice president, represented the 32nd District in the state House of Delegates from 1992-2002 and the 8th District in the state Senate from 2002-2006.

He did not seek reelection in 2006.

“When this seat opened up, I felt like I needed to try to make a difference,” he said of his political return.

According to Harrison, his political history in West Virginia along with 14 years of voting records at the State House sets him apart from the other six Republican candidates seeking the nomination in Tuesday’s primary election.

“When I’m speaking and looking at those who will be voting in the Republican primary, I think we need to look at who is the strongest candidate to win this seat in the fall.  I have a proven, undefeated record of winning elections,” Harrison said.  “I beat an incumbent Democratic state senator in Kanawha County, which is about a third of the population of the 2nd District.”

In addition to Harrison, the other Republican candidates in the 2nd Congressional District are Robert Lawrence Fluharty, an investigator from Charles Town; Ken Reed, a pharmacist from Morgan County; Jim Moss, a cost management specialist with Toyota Motors Manufacturing; Ron Walters, Jr., a financial consultant in Charleston; Alex Mooney, a former Maryland state senator and Charlotte Lane, a former commissioner for the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The Democrats running in the 2nd Congressional District are Nick Casey, a former state Democratic Party chair, and Meshea Poore, a Kanawha County delegate.

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) currently holds the U.S. House seat in the 2nd District.  She is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in West Virginia’s primary election that will be held on Tuesday.  Early voting continues through Saturday.

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  • Uncle Unctuous

    All well and good, but when do we get a story about Alex Mooney? I am intrigued by his TV spot that says he "came to West Virginia to live in freedom." I would like to know exactly how he was unfree in Maryland and New Hampshire and wherever else he has lived.

    I mean, the silly rhetoric about marching off to D.C. to "fight" a lame duck POTUS is funny, but the idea of a flight from Maryland to freedom in WV is another level of laughable.

  • Bill

    Steve has backbone and a good moral compass all rolled up in an intelligent really nice guy. Let's send a guy to Congress we know - a man we know we can depend on. Like he said, "No surprises" - good leadership. That's Steve.

  • Riley

    I'm really concerned about the future of the country I love. We're going to need a congressman who is ready to be honest and defend our way of life. That's what is at stake in this election.

    We need a man in the arena and that's Steve Harrison.

  • Voter

    I am voting for him too. Best man for the job.

  • arp

    Steve may not win this thing, but he's got my vote. He's a good man!

  • RHytonen

    So his platform is, "It's about The Obama?"
    (not the actual problems of West Virginia, which are CORPORATE EXTRACTIONISM and the Toxic Industrialization of our air, water, communities and farms by the fossil fuel industries?)
    Turn off FOX (- and CNN.) You're being had.

    Sounds like part of the problem of a dysfunctional corporatist, billionaire-dominated, Right Wing Cuckoo TEAhouse; instead of a solution.

    And no, it's just as obvious that solution would not be the fake (*cough*Manchin,)
    also Wall Street corporatist, billionaire-serving Democrats, either.

    But there IS a real choice:
    The Mountain Party.

    • Pickle Barrel

      The Mountain Party? Don't make me laugh.

    • WV Patriot


    • The bookman

      Since you've put that out there as an option, could you give a few specific examples of how the Mountain Party would suggest we replace our extraction economy without vacating the State?

  • Joe Schmoe

    Steve is great man and he has my vote. However, he waited to long to get back in politics. Not sure he is a forceful enough politician to be in Washington DC. The problem is he is too nice of a guy

    • hondo

      I'm for Steve Harrison and Evan Jenkins for Congress (2 & 3)! They are principled, intelligent, proven, steadfast, honest and accessible; they'll do great in Washington. It will be nice to have a couple new statesmen in the House from WV.

    • Trish Shinn

      I agree. I've known Steve a lot of years, he is a genuinely GOOD man. Upstanding, excellent values, and he is not like so many that have great incomes...he's downhome honest and simple. He actually knows what it's like to start at the bottom. My husband and I will be voting for him. I pray he has enough backing to win the seat after being gone so long.