Tennant undecided on campaign for Senate

WHEELING – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said Monday in Wheeling she remains undecided about a potential run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

Tennant addressed a gathering of the state’s top female high school students attending the 2013 Rhododendron Girls State at Wheeling Jesuit University.

After her speech, Tennant, a Democrat, said she hadn’t yet decided about a run for U.S. Senate. She also acknowledged any potential candidate would have to hit the campaign trail soon if they were to make a serious run for the office next year.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is not seeking re-election in 2014, but no Democratic candidate has announced entering the race to succeed him. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-Charleston, and former Del. Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, have announced they will be Republican candidates for the office.

Girls State began Monday on the Wheeling Jesuit campus and concludes Friday morning.

In her remarks, Tennant reminded citizens that each time she has run for a new political office, she lost in her initial attempts.

“Let me tell you something … people like losers,” Tennant said. “We want to see winners, but people like losers who come back and continue to try. You have to build up your confidence, and that’s what this week is giving you. It’s giving you the opportunity to try something you haven’t done before.”