UPDATE 1/24/2014 5:05 PM
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is officially a candidate for U.S. Senate.
Tennant filed her candidacy papers Friday morning in her office in the state capitol.
The democrat announced her candidacy in September.
She's seeking to fill the senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jay Rockefeller.
Republican U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito filed her candidate papers in the Senate race Thursday.
Current West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is announcing she will be running for U.S. Senate.
Tennant confirmed her plans Monday evening with plans to make official appearances on Tuesday.
She will run for Democrat Jay Rockefeller's seat.
Tennant could possibly be running against Republican U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito, who previously announced her intentions to run as well. If each candidate wins their primary, West Virginia voters could elect a woman senator for the first time.
In an email Tennant sent out Monday announcing her plans she says:
"I believe that West Virginia values are what the country needs. And, I believe that West Virginians still need a senator who works as hard as they do.
I know I can bring new ideas to Washington and a willingness to work across the aisle for common-sense solutions to get our nation going in the right direction. I see a future built on our values of who we are as West Virginians – our work ethic, our ingenuity and our service to our country.
I know how to fight for West Virginia. I know how to be heard. I know how to win...
Together, we will send a strong message to Washington that we will take a back seat to nobody. West Virginia comes first – today and always."
Tennant plans to be in Beckley, Charleston, and Morgantown on Tuesday and then Wheeling and Martinsburg on Wednesday.
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