Phil Hudok, Constitution Party of West Virginia Candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Issues a Challenge to debate.
Huttonsville W.Va. – In order to promote a credible election process of informed voters, Phil Hudok, Second Congressional District Constitution Party candidate, challenges Republican incumbent, Shelly Moore Capito, and Democrat challenger, Virginia Graf, to a public debate.
On Sept. 11, the CPWV held it’s 3rd quarter executive committee meeting in Elkins. See the “Meetings” category for the report. Our 4th quarter meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, November 13 at the Steer Steak House in Weston. The meeting will begin at 2:00 and run to approximately 5pm. NOTE: THIS IS A TIME CHANGE FROM EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT. NOT NOON. TWO (2:00) PM. sorry for any inconvenience.
W.Va. justices hear appeal about petition drives
Wednesday September 8, 2010
by The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of West Virginia’s Supreme Court cited a recent ruling from the nation’s highest court during Wednesday arguments over the Jefferson County clerk’s refusal to release petition drive signatures.
June’s near-unanimous decision allowed the release of petition signatures in Washington state.
Several of the West Virginia justices also referred to a state law that considers any records kept by a county commission as public.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County resident Jeff Becker, chairman of the Constitution Party of West Virginia, has successfully petitioned to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd in the Nov. 2 general election.
“He got the required number of signatures. He will be on the ballot,” Jake Glance, spokesman for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office, said Thursday.
A substitute school teacher, Becker, 47, of Inwood, W.Va., said he had about 30 days to obtain 1,756 signatures to get on the ballot as a minor party candidate. He then filed a second petition with 1,740 signatures to get a waiver from having to pay the filing fee.
“It was a lot of work. I went to a lot of county fairs,” said Becker, recalling trips to Lewis, Upshur, Hampshire and Jefferson counties.
When asked why he was running, Becker said the nation needs to return to adhering to the U.S. Constitution.
“The Senate was not supposed to be a third or fourth or fifth representative,” said Becker, who served in the West Virginia Air National Guard for six years. “It’s supposed to represent the (state and their legislatures).”
Becker joins West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic Party nominee; Morgantown businessman John Raese, the Republican Party nominee; and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson on the ballot.
“The other three candidates are interested in being senators from West Virginia,” Becker said. “I want to be a senator for West Virginia.”
If elected, Becker said he also would represent his party’s seven principles — life, liberty, family, property rights, the U.S. constitution as originally written, states’ rights and American sovereignty.
Among those who signed the petitions, Becker said about half of them indicated they wanted a choice other than the nominees from the Republican and Democratic parties, which he said have been financially irresponsible.
Before running for Senate, Becker said he was a candidate in 2008 for Berkeley County surveyor, a state constitutional office that comes with no official duties or salary. Becker said he received about 9 percent of the vote.
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