Natalie Tennant considers WV gubernatorial bid

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December 7, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

WHEELING, West Virginia: Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is considering a bid to become the next Governor of the Mountaineer State[1].

During an event held on December 1, 2010, in Wheeling, the Secretary of State said that she was strongly considering a gubernatorial run. With Joe Manchin already departing the Governorship to become the new US Senator for West Virginia, a special election may be held sooner than expected. If a special election is held in 2011, Tennant said that she would not give up her job as Secretary of State if she ran for Governor at the same time[1].

Tennant told the Wheeling Intelligencer that she possesses strong skills and qualities needed to become the state's chief executive. The Secretary of State said: "I have strong leadership skills, and while in office I have shown my character, background and vision. It's something I have seriously considered." Tennant also told the newspaper that she first considered running for Governor in 2006, but said that the decision on whether to run is now a serious question to answer[1].

It is unknown if a special election would be called in 2011 to fill the remainder of the unfilled term for Governor. West Virginia Citizen Action filed a lawsuit with the West Virginia Supreme Court on November 18, 2010. The lawsuit called on government leaders to move on holding a special election without further delay. The lawsuit has named Natalie Tennant, in her official capacity as Secretary of State, as one of three defendants. Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is ala defendant in the case[1]. No date has been set on whether a ruling would be released[1].

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