7-9-13 Meshea Poore to run for Congress

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Meshea Poore

Meshea Poore

CHARLESTON — Delegate Meshea Poore (D‑Kanawha) officially announced her candidacy for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District today.

“West Virginians need a member of Congress who will take some new energy to Washington and who has a track record of getting things done. I am the candidate who has both of those qualities. I have been in the trenches working on issues that West Virginia families care about, like education, jobs and standing up for teachers and workers,” Poore said.

Currently, Poore serves as chair of the House of Delegates Legislative Rule‑Making Review Committee and the House Judiciary Subcommittee B. She serves as a committee member on Energy, Industry and Labor/Economic Development and Small Business; Judiciary; and Health and Constitutional Revision. Part of both the labor and coal caucus, she holds a 100 percent voting record with labor and teachers.

“To best serve West Virginians, my unwavering mission has been to seize every opportunity to grow our economy, advance educational opportunities for our children, protect our families and champion equal rights for all. I want to continue this mission as your representative in Washington.”

An attorney, Poore was initially appointed by then‑Gov. Joe Manchin, III, to the House of Delegates. She has since won re‑election with over 70 percent of the vote in 2010 and 88 percent of the vote in 2012.

Born and raised on Charleston’s West Side, her father is a Vietnam veteran who recently retired as a Kanawha Valley Regional Transit Authority bus driver. He also worked as an autoworker for Volkswagen in the South Charleston stamping plant. Poore’s mother is a behavioral health case coordinator who helps homeless individuals find transitional living.

“We will run a strong, well‑funded campaign that will win both the primary and general election, placing someone in Washington who will fight tirelessly for the people of this great state,” Poore said.

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