2020 candidate Richard Ojeda steps down from state senate to focus on presidential run

Richard Ojeda (Photo: US Army)
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Published: Jan. 10, 2019 at 1:46 PM CST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- West Virginia Senator Richard Ojeda (pronounced: oh-jed-uh) announced Wednesday that he will resign his state Senate seat to focus on his run for U.S. president.

According to a campaign representative, Ojeda, a Democrat from Logan County, will resign by Monday.

The representative says Ojeda is not going to be a part-time representative for the people in his district and wants them to have same representation he was able to give in the past. He explained that Ojeda can't do that if he is missing part of the session and other important meetings as he runs for president.

In last November's general election, Ojeda lost the U.S. House seat in West Virginia’s 3rd congressional district to Republican Carol Miller.

The process to choose Ojeda's replacement will go as follows: the county Democrat executive committee from his district will appoint five men and five women to choose three names, and Governor Jim Justice will then pick one.

Ojeda talked about the decision on his Facebook page:


Today I announced my resignation from the West Virginia Senate to focus on my run for President of the United States. The issues of Southern West Virginia are the issues of the nation. The opioid epidemic, veteran suicide, clean water, and good union jobs. These are the challenges of the working class citizen in every community. I will never stop fighting until every American is treated with respect because WE ARE WORTHY!!! #AlltheWay #WeAreWorthy

Posted by Richard Ojeda on Thursday, January 10, 2019