CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of the seven Republican candidates in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District says he is running for the U.S. House of Representatives because he was called to do so back in July 2010.  “The Lord placed it upon my heart,” said Jim Moss on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

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Jim Moss

“It took some getting used to, but we have stepped out in faith and obedience and have been tremendously blessed with the many new friends that we’ve met and (it’s) just a much greater view of God than we could have ever imagined.”

Moss, who now lives in Putnam County, is a native of Kanawha County.  He has worked as a cost management specialist with Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo since 2000.  Prior to going to work for Toyota, Moss lived in Columbia, S.C. where he was in management for the Michelin Tire Corporation.

He said he wants to work for a smaller, less intrusive federal government that is fiscally responsible.  Additionally, he said he would support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m just big on personal responsibility and accountability.  I think the best way to ensure that we accomplish this is through state and local communities, at that level,” Moss said.  “If the states were responsible for the sick and impoverished, I think they would make better business decisions.”

Moss’ appearance on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline” is part of a series of interviews with the statewide candidates ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

If elected, he told Hoppy Kercheval his religious beliefs would trump the Constitution during any votes that posed possible conflicts.  “Our Constitution was divinely inspired and, while we might be quick to say that not all of its authors were Christians, they had a proper, godly world view,” Moss said.

In addition to Moss, the other Republican candidates in the 2nd Congressional District are Steve Harrison, a former Kanawha County state senator; Robert Lawrence Fluharty, an investigator from Charles Town; Ken Reed, a pharmacist from Morgan County; 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 on Tuesday.  Early voting ends Saturday.

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  • thornton

    He has a nice does the waver out at the crossroads.

  • Aaron

    This guy is less of a Republican than I am. Wouldn't repeal Obamacare, has no problems with social programs to point he would increase spending on chronic illnesses to other social norms championed by bleeding heart liberals. About the only Republican in him is the 3 G's.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    The Constitution "divinely inspired"?

    You've got to be kidding.

  • Jason412

    God told me not to vote for anyone that says God told them to do something.

    • Mason County Contrarian

      Have to agree with you on that one, Jason.

  • 2XLPatriot

    A man with nothing to hide. Sounds like he puts it right out in front and has no problem with people knowing where he stands. This is the kind of person we need representing The People, not some schmuck screaming transparency and then holding secret meetings, closing the doors on C-Span, etc. Holding politicians accountable is much easier when they are open and up front. Personally, I think he is a good candidate.

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  • Whip

    Yes...Jesus always based helping the sick and impoverished on sound business decisions.

  • JTC

    The nut does not fall far from the. oh never mind. Why did he just not become a minister?

  • Jed

    First of all, we don't live in a "democracy". We live in a representive republic. Secondly, he never said he believes in a theocracy as you stated. Allowing one's personal convictions above any unjust law (such as abortion) is not that out of the ordinary. Our founding fathers did (or tried) to do this several times, but the Democrats insisted on slavery.

    As Martin Luther King said, "'One
    has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." I've known Jim Moss since we were in high school together. He's a great guy, and he's getting my vote.

    • J the C

      When Tom used the word "democracy", I believe he may have intended it's meaning as an all encompassing term, including all forms of self government by a people, including constitutional republic, representative democracy and federation, to name a few, and all of which accurately describe our government. When you describe "abortion" as an "unjust law", I guess that is a personal conviction although the statement merely begs the question. Finally, since the modern day Democratic Party was founded circa 1928, I don't believe that the founding fathers debated slavery with them in framing the Constitution, or in any other fashion, in that they were all either dead or feeble old men by then.

  • Tom

    "Religious beliefs trump the Constitution." So this guy would prefer a theocracy form of government instead of a democracy. Wow!

    • ViennaGuy

      - So this guy would prefer a theocracy form of government instead of a democracy. -

      Wow, that's a stretch. He never said anything close to that.

      • Aaron

        Hoppy ask him specifically if the Bible took precedent over the Constitution and he said yes.

    • Joe Schmoe

      yes God's law trumps everything

      • Aaron

        And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

        Matthew 12:17