Libertarian Party names candidates

CHARLESTON – The Libertarian Party in West Virginia has nominated a candidate for governor of West Virginia and for the state Senate from District 3.

Erika Kolenich of Buckhannon is a trial attorney who has been campaigning since early 2019.

Travis Shultz of St. Marys was nominated for the Senate from District 3, which comprises Wood and Pleasants counties.

The West Virginia Libertarian Party is a recognized political party in West Virginia as are the Democratic, Republican and Mountain parties. To maintain party status in West Virginia, Libertarians must get 1 percent of the vote in the gubernatorial election each cycle, which it has done since 2012.

Also nominated by the Libertarian Party was David Moran for the House of Representatives from District 1. Moran was the Libertarian candidate for governor in 2012 and 2016.

Other Libertarian candidates nominated were for the House of Delegates: Mike Lockard, District 46; Will Hyman, District 48; and Brett Rogers, District 63.

The nominations were made April 8. The nominating convention was postponed from April 4 to April 8 and held as a virtual convention to comply with social distancing guidelines.

The Libertarian Party will consider interested potential candidates through the end of July. Those interested in running or joining the party can contact state party chairman, David Valente or go to lpwv.org for more information.


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