New Foe Vies for Mooney's Seat

Dec 15, 2015

Republican Rep. Alex Mooney has drawn another GOP challenger for his congressional seat next year.

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Republican Marc Savitt filed federal candidacy paperwork for the 2nd Congressional District this week.

Savitt's campaign website says he's from Jefferson County, owns West Virginia's oldest mortgage company and has testified before Congress as an expert witness.

In 2014, Savitt finished last in a six-way Republican primary in Virginia's 10th Congressional District. Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock won the seat.

Republican pharmacist Ken Reed is running against Mooney again after finishing a distant second in the seven-way 2014 primary.

No Democratic challengers have announced yet.

Mooney had about $257,400 in campaign cash through September. Reed had about $1,600, and Savitt hasn't reported fundraising yet.

The 2nd district stretches from the Ohio River to the Eastern Panhandle.