State delegate running for Congress

CHARLESTON – State Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, announced her candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District Monday via Twitter. Poore also launched her website,

According to her site, Poore was raised on the values of faith, family, hard work and community involvement.

Poore is a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the District 37. She was first appointed to the House in 2009. Poore was elected in 2010 and again 2012.

Poore is the second Democrat to announce candidacy for the seat. In April, Nick Casey, former state party chairman, announced his intention to run for the seat. Casey served as head of the West Virginia Democratic Party from 2004 to 2010.

Both Poore and Casey are attorneys.

The district is represented by Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican and the daughter of former Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. Last year Capito announced her intention to run for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Capito is the first Republican from West Virginia to serve more than one term in Congress since her father, who represented West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District from 1957 to 1969.

The 2nd District covers Jackson, Roane and Wirt counties and part of Calhoun County.