MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A WVU professor will seek the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional District of West Virginia.

Kendra Fershee, who is running her campaign on “freedom to stay” and creating opportunities for West Virginians, announced her candidacy Thursday.

Fershee is the second Democrat to announce the launch of their campaign. She joins former Orrick CEO and fellow lawyer Ralph Baxter in the challenge for the nomination during the May 2018 primary. The winner is expected to face incumbent Republican David McKinley, who has served in that role since winning in November 2010.

Kendra said she plans to use her experience as a “mother, teacher, administrator, and attorney to go to Washington and figh tto bring quality jobs, healthcare, and education back to West Virginia.”

Fershee, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at West Virginia University College of Law, is considered a family law expert. She lives in Morgantown with her husband, fellow WVU law professor Joshua Fershee, and their two children.

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