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.”
“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.