The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 25, 2014

Tennant files for Senate


— West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant formally filed her candidacy for U.S. Senate Friday.

“I’m running to put West Virginia first,” Tennant said. “I’ve put nearly 200,000 miles on my car driving around West Virginia, and everywhere I go folks are fed up with Washington ways. We deserve a senator who will work for Main Street West Virginians, not Wall Street special interests.”

Growing up as the youngest of seven children on her family farm, Tennant has worked to put West Virginia first her whole life — from working her way through college at West Virginia University, where she served as the Mountaineer mascot, to serving as West Virginia’s secretary of state, where she cut her own budget to return $3 million to West Virginia taxpayers.

Tennant recently announced her Talk with Tennant Tour to visit all 55 counties across the state and hear directly from West Virginians about the issues that matter most to them. Tennant visited four counties in just the first day of her tour. In recent days, Tennant has visited with West Virginia seniors about protecting Medicare and Social Security and heard from homeowners and businesses concerned about skyrocketing flood insurance rates.

Tennant has also been calling on Congress to restore unemployment insurance benefits for more than 8,000 West Virginians who have been laid off and are looking for work.