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Kunkel challenges Mooney for District 2 delegate seat

CHARLESTON — Republican incumbent Alex Mooney is running for re-election for District 2 of the House of Representatives and is opposed by Cathy Kunkel, the Democratic nominee.

Mooney lives with his wife, Dr. Grace Mooney, and their three children in Charles Town.

First elected to Congress in 2014 and re-elected in 2016 and 2018, Mooney “is a principled conservative fighting for lower taxes and less government regulations on businesses to create more jobs in America,” according to his website.

Throughout his years in office, Mooney has worked with multiple issues across the state including the drug epidemic, education, energy and mining, family values, foreign affairs and national security, health care, the second amendment, jobs and economic growth, spending cuts and debt, tax reform, transportation and veterans affairs.

“Alex believes in the American values of hard work, faith, and freedom that have made our country great. With a proven record of fighting for conservative values, Alex is working with President Donald Trump to defend traditional values, protect the Second Amendment and promote respect for all human life,” his website said.

Kunkel, 35, has lived in West Virginia for the past 10 years after growing up in the Baltimore area; after falling in love with West Virginia, she decided to run for office for the first time in hopes of making a difference with the economy and energy efficiency in the state.

“It’s my home now. I want to make sure we keep our young people here and build a strong economy here for our state,” she said.

Kunkel graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in physics at Princeton University and brings to the table experience with working for energy policy and public service commissions.

She was also involved in an organization based in Charleston in 2014 following a chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water.

“I’ve just been increasingly frustrated with the last of political leadership on energy,” Kunkel said. “The biggest issue I hear about is lack of broadband. We also need infrastructure investment and safe drinking water. Having reliable internet and safe drinking water is obviously a prerequisite moving forward and growing other sectors of our economy.”

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