CHARLESTON — Shelley Moore Capito filed needed papers Thursday to go after a fourth term in Congress, and another Republican, Raleigh County home builder Rick Snuffer, added his name to the U.S. Senate race.

Capito, the daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore, said she wanted to keep working for economic gains and strengthening the country in the war against terrorism.

“I’m proud to be West Virginia’s voice at the other end of the political table,” she said.

Capito is being challenged by Mike Callaghan, former state Democratic chairman and onetime secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jacket, Snuffer said he considers the selection of judges as the leading issue facing all Americans.

Snuffer became the third Republican officially on the ballot seeking the right to challenge Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., next fall.

“Sen. Byrd could be convicted for obstruction of justices,” Snuffer quipped. “He has opposed justices who stand for things he says he believes in and votes to confirm judges who oppose the things he claims to believe in.”

Morgantown limestone company owner John Raese joined the race a day earlier, and his entry “changes my outlook very little, but my strategy a lot,” Snuffer said. “John being in the race makes it a more valuable race,” the Prosperity resident said.

“Primaries are good for the party. They’re good for the system. A win over John Raese will give me better name recognition than when (Rep. Nick) Rahall attacked me the day after the primary in 2004.”

Snuffer, a minister and former pastor, no longer is affiliated with his family’s home building enterprise, but constructs houses individually.

A third candidate in the GOP primary is Hiram Lewis, who ran a close race in 2004 against Attorney General Darrell McGraw.

Princeton optometrist Zane Lawhorn has announced himself as a candidate, but hasn’t filed.

A fourth Republican, Charles Railey of Fairmont, is in the race, and Byrd is being challenged in the primary by a fellow Democrat, Billy Hendricks of Whitesville.

Two other Republicans, Cabell County Sheriff Kim Wolfe and Bluefield businessman Marty Gearhart, filed for the right to challenge Rahall in the 3rd District.

In the 1st District, veteran Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., has filed for re-election, and Delegate Chris Wakim, R-Ohio, is seeking that post.

The 10th District state Senate race welcomed a new hopeful, Frederick Parker of Greenville, Monroe County.

Former Sen. Leonard Anderson, D-Summers, is seeking a return to that seat, now held by Sen. Jesse Guills, R-Greenbrier, who has filed for re-election to a second term.

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