Tuesday was a big day for campaign announcements. Former state Democratic Party chairman Nick Casey announced he would run for the state’s 2nd Congressional District seat. About an hour later, Del. Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, announced she would run for the 17th state Senate district.
The 2nd District’s current representative, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, will abandon that seat next year to seek a position in the U.S. Senate. That’s left the race wide-open for both Democrats and Republicans.
Although Democrats recently said they would try to keep their ticket as short as possible — allowing for one major candidate to take the lead early — that game plan might not work out. Del. Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, and Young Democrats of America president Rod Snyder also are considering a run for Capito’s seat.
Meanwhile, newly-elected Raines is eying a job in the state’s upper chamber. It’s unclear whether the 17th District’s current senator, Brooks McCabe, will run for re-election. McCabe, a Democrat, has served in the seat since 1998 but appears to be re-evaluating his plans for the future. From my story:
McCabe and his wife, Barbie, plan to take an extended vacation later this month to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. McCabe, a self-confessed workaholic, hasn’t taken many vacations in his life but said this trip would provide an opportunity to think about his future.
“Barbie got me to agree to this,” he said. “I’ve got to start lightening up and taking more time for my family. This is part of that, so I’m actually looking forward to it.”
“That’ll give me a couple weeks just to clear my head and make sure I’m making the right decision.”
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