Bob Henry Baber
|Bob Henry Baber|
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|Former candidate for|
|U.S. Senate, West Virginia|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
A lifelong resident of West Virginia, Baber earned his B.A. from Antioch College 1976, and his PhD from the Union Institute in 1983. Baber is currently working as the major gifts officer at West Virginia's Glenville State College, while also pursuing his work as a mosaic artist.
Baber described himself as a populist and an environmentalist. Addressing the Marcellus shale, he backed "green" energy sources and endorsed creating new taxes to pay for increased regulation of drilling. He also argued that a better environment would lead to more tourism.
Speaking on West Virginia's finances, he said, "Even though I’m a liberal in the Mountain Party, I’m as tight as the bark on a tree." Baber agreed with many other candidates that federal funding was shrinking and likely to continue doing so, increasing the need for local fund sources. He came out against taxes on such things as vehicles, which disproportionately impacted low income citizens, and admitted he backed taxes on "vices."
|U.S. Senate, West Virginia General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Shelley Moore Capito||62.1%||280,400|
|Mountain||Bob Henry Baber||1.2%||5,481|
|Source: West Virginia Secretary of State|
Baber lost in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent West Virginia. Baber faced incumbent Joe Manchin (D) and John Raese (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Manchin won.
|U.S. Senate, West Virginia General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Joe Manchin III Incumbent||60.5%||391,669|
|Republican||John R. Raese||36.5%||236,620|
|Mountain||Bob Henry Baber||3%||19,232|
|Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012; however, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as the Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia is a title accorded to the legislator elected as Senate President, and is next in succession to the office of governor.
In the special election held October 4, 2011, Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican Bill Maloney, Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Independent candidate Marla Ingels, and American Third Position candidate Harry Bertram.
|Governor of West Virginia, 2011|
|Democratic||Earl Ray Tomblin Incumbent||49.6%||149,202|
|Mountain Party||Bob Henry Baber||2%||6,083|
|American Third Position||Harry Bertram||0.4%||1,111|
|Write-In||Donald Lee Underwood||0%||54|
|Write-In||John R. "Rick" Bartlett||0%||27|
|Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State|
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- Ballot Access News, "Mountain Party Enters West Virginia U.S. Senate Race," accessed July 23, 2014
- CNN, "West Virginia Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Baber for Office, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2015
- The Register-Herald, "Gubernatorial candidate profiles: the Mountain Party’s Bob Henry Baber," April 24, 2011
- West Virginia Secretary of State - Candidate list