Follow along: Doug Skaff vs. Tom Takubo for WV Senate

October 20, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

The Charleston Daily Mail editorial board is meeting today with candidates for WV Senate District 17. It’s a Kanawha County seat that was vacated was vacated because Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, is retiring. electionInteresting timing on the meeting though — and let’s just get this out of the way since it will be top of mind for most. Skaff was charged with DUI in Morgantown early Saturday morning. He issued a statement Saturday afternoon acknowledging he’d had “a couple of drinks,” saying he’d requested a blood test and apologizing to supporters. The meeting was scheduled way before that happened and we’ll go on as usual, with both candidates participating.

Skaff, a Democrat, is leaving his seat in the 35th WV House District to run for state Senate. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2008. Takubo, a Republican, is a 42-year-old critical care specialist and father of three.  The Daily Mail editorial board is being represented by editor Brad McElhinny, managing editor Philip Maramba, opinions editor Kelly Merritt and editorial writer/columnist Don Surber. Business editor Jared Hunt is providing coverage. We’ll liveblog and livestream below:

Follow along: Candidates for U.S. Senate

October 16, 2014 by Zack Harold

The Charleston Daily Mail editorial board is meeting today with candidates from the U.S. Senate race, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Phil Hudok, Bob Henry Baber and John Buckley.

We will provide a live video stream of the conversation once the meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.

Capito, Tennant, Hudok, Buckley and Baber are running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who announced his retirement last year.

The editorial board is represented by editor Brad McElhinny, managing editor Philip Maramba, opinions editor Kelly Merritt and editorial writer and columnist Don Surber. Jared Hunt, the Daily Mail’s business editor, will live-blog the event below and provide coverage in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Congress: David McKinley vs Glen Gainer

October 13, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Congressional candidates David McKinley and Glen Gainer are meeting today with the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board.

Both are seeking to represent West Virginia’s northern district.

McKinley, a Wheeling businessman, is the Republican incumbent. Gainer, West Virginia’s auditor, is a Democrat from Parkersburg who hopes to take over the seat.

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Follow along: Evan Jenkins in U.S. House race

October 9, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

jenkins_evanThe Charleston Daily Mail editorial board is meeting with Evan Jenkins, Republican candidate for Congress in the district that represents southern West Virginia.

The incumbent, Nick Joe Rahall, declined an invitation. Rahall has sometimes come to visit our editorial board in the past.

Jenkins first ran for the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1993 as a Democrat and was elected to the state Senate starting in 2002.  He switched to the Republican Party in 2013 and ran unopposed for the Republican nomination for Congress last spring.

We’ll be liveblogging and livestreaming the session. Present for the editorial board will be editor Brad McElhinny, managing editor Philip Maramba, opinions editor Kelly Merritt and editorial writer/columnist Don Surber. Providing coverage today is business editor Jared Hunt.

Not-so-live stream: Ed Gaunch vs Erik Wells for WV Senate

October 8, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

We’ve been livestreaming and liveblogging our editorial board meetings with political candidates. But today we had Internet troubles that prevented us from connecting to our website at the time of the meeting.

We went ahead with the livestream but couldn’t embed it until the Internet issues were resolved. And the live blog was a no-go.

In any case, if you’re wondering about the policy differences between Republican Ed Gaunch, a retired businessman, and incumbent Republican Sen. Erik Wells, here’s most of our conversation with them. (There was some sort of surge about three-quarters through that knocked the livestream out too, so it ends rather abruptly.)

Follow along: Ron Walters vs. Sally Shepherd for House of Delegates

October 7, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

electionThe Charleston Daily Mail editorial board is meeting today with incumbent Republican Ron Walters and Democrat Sally Shepherd, running against each other for 39th District House of Delegates.

Shepherd, a 65-year-old Sissonville resident, used to be a Kanawha County solid waste chairwoman and then was executive director for the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority. She has served before on the Capitol Conservation District.

Walters, a 64-year-old Cross Lanes resident, owns R.N. Walters and Associates and has served in the Legislature since 1993.

The editorial board is represented by editor Brad McElhinny, managing editor Philip Maramba, opinions editor Kelly Merritt and editorial writer and columnist Don Surber. Matt Murphy, usually the Daily Mail’s local government reporter, is pinch hitting to provide coverage.
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Follow along: WV congressional candidates meet the editorial board

October 6, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Candidates for the 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives are meeting today with the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board. That’s the seat that’s being vacated by Shelley Moore Capito as she runs for U.S. Senate.
electionExpected today are Democrat Nick Casey, Republican Alex Mooney, Libertarian Davy Jones and Mountain Party candidate Ed Rabel.
Representing the Daily Mail will be editor Brad McElhinny, managing editor Philip Maramba, opinions editor Kelly Merritt, editorial writer and columnist Don Surber and business editor Jared Hunt, who will be providing coverage.
Follow along with our livestream and live blog.

Follow along: 37th District WV House of Delegates

October 1, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Republican Charles Minimah and Democrat Michael Pushkin meet with Charleston Daily Mail editors to discuss issues in their West Virginia House of Delegates race.
Asking questions are Editor Brad McElhinny, Managing Editor Philip Maramba, Opinions Editor Kelly Merritt, columnist and editorial writer Don Surber and political reporter Dave Boucher.

Follow along: Candidates for 36th District House of Delegates

September 30, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Candidates for the West Virginia House of Delegates, 36th District, are meeting with the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board.

Democratic candidates include Nancy Guthrie, Larry Rowe and Danny Wells. Republican candidates include Vaughn Sizemore, Stevie Thaxton and Brad White.

They’ll be meeting with Charleston Daily Mail editors including Brad McElhinny, Philip Maramba and Kelly Merritt along with columnist and editorial writer Don Surber. Business editor Jared Hunt is providing today’s coverage:

Follow along: Candidates for 35th Distict WV House of Delegates

September 24, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Candidates for the 35th District of the WV House of Delegates are meeting with editors of the Charleston Daily Mail. Follow along with our livestream and liveblog to learn more about the race: