Charleston, W.Va., resident Ron Walters Jr. was in Martinsburg Tuesday announcing that he is running for Congress in the state’s 2nd District.
“It’s all about jobs,” Walters said in a news release.
“The federal government has become a barrier to job creation, especially for small business and in West Virginia’s energy sector. I will work to stop legislation that impedes job growth.”
A Republican, Walters is an insurance and financial consultant in the family-owned business, R.N. Walters & Associates.
The announcement by Walters, who is the son of Del. Ron Walters Sr., came a day after former Del. Charlotte Lane announced her candidacy for the 2nd District seat in Martinsburg.
Walters and Lane join a number of other candidates who are vying to replace Republican Shelley Moore Capito, who announced last fall that she would run for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who is retiring.
“We need to move West Virginia down the right path to an economically prosperous future,” Walters said in the release. “I will make a difference in the fight against higher taxes and over-burdensome regulation.”
Walters said he knows the 2nd District “intimately,” having grown up in the Charleston area and has “deep family roots” in the Eastern Panhandle.
The 2nd District spans the state, from the eastern end in Jefferson County to the western side along the Ohio River in Mason County.
Walters and Lane join former Del. Larry V. Faircloth, R-Berkeley, who announced in January that he was running, and former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney, who recently moved to Berkeley County and announced his candidacy in June. Republicans Robert Fluharty of Charles Town, W.Va., and Jim Moss of Hurricane, W.Va., also have filed precandidacy papers.
On the Democratic side, former state party Chairman Nick Casey, Kanawha County Del. Meshea Poore and Matthew Dunn of Jefferson County have announced campaigns or filed papers for the 2nd Congressional District seat.