CHARLESTON - Charleston attorney Nick Casey Tuesday announced he will run in 2014 for the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District in West Virginia.
Casey is the managing partner of the law firm Lewis, Glasser, Casey & Rollins. He is a certified public accountant, treasurer-elect of the American Bar Association and a volunteer with Catholic Charities of West Virginia. Casey is a lifelong resident of West Virginia and lives in Charleston with his wife, Mary Frances, of 37 years. They have two children, Erin and Anthony who live in West Virginia.
"I'm running for Congress to be a problem-solver,'' he said. ''West Virginians want their leaders to get past the gridlock and partisanship and to get things done.
''I pledge to you that I will work across the aisle and sit down with all sides on every issue. This campaign has a broad coalition of supporters who will help me do just that."
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, has announced she will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is retiring from the Senate.
The 2nd District stretches from the Eastern Panhandle to the Ohio River and includes Wirt, Jackson, Calhoun and Roane counties.
Jerry Brookover, the Democratic Party chairman for Wirt County, said he is excited by Casey's candidacy.
''It is great,'' he said. ''I have known Nick for years.''
Casey's experience as an attorney and accountant would bring a wide variety of experience to the position, Brookover said.
Brookover said Casey, being the former Democratic Party chairman for West Virginia, already has connections all over the state.
''He knows the leaders in all of the counties,'' he said.
Bob Blare, the Democratic Party chairman for Jackson County, said he has known Casey a long time as well and believes he will make a good congressman. Blare was at the ceremony Tuesday where Casey announced his candidacy
''He has a good head on his shoulders,'' Blare said. ''He has a lot of life in him and a lot of energy.''
He said Casey has traditionally gotten along and has been able to work with people on both sides of the aisle. Blare said there were some prominate Republicans at the announcement ceremony.
Being both a lawyer and an accountant, Casey knows a lot about business in the state.
''I think he will make an extremely good congressman,'' Blare said.
Although Wood County is in the 1st District, Wood County Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Burdette said Casey is well known around the state and would bring a lot to the position.
''Nick has a well recognized name in the party,'' Burdette said. ''He is well educated and should do a good job.
''He understands the complexities of the system as well as being informed on how campaigns operate.''
Casey said there was too much gridlock and partisanship in Washington.
''We need more problem-solving and to refocus our priorities." he said. "Our state and nation has critical infrastructure needs, lacks a clear energy policy, and our people need good jobs.
''I am running for Congress to represent the good people of West Virginia and help address their needs."