By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has officially announced plans to run for the 2014 Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Tennant made speeches in Beckley, Charleston and Morgantown on Tuesday, and will be speaking at Independence Hall in Wheeling at 9:30 a.m. and at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn in Martinsburg at 3 p.m. today.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced his plans to retire from the Senate eight months ago, and Tuesday he endorsed Tennant to replace him.
In a statement, Rockefeller said, “My profound hope is that we will insist on a person who cares for our state and will fight for the needs of our people as hard and as steadfastly as I have always tried to do. I firmly believe that the next leader in the U.S. Senate is Natalie Tennant.”
Tennant was elected as West Virginia Secretary of State in 2008. She was re-elected in 2012.
At the Morgantown announcement, Tennant’s father spoke fondly of his daughter’s time as the first female Mountaineer at WVU. Tennant, originally from Fairview in Marion County, graduated from North Marion High School, then graduated from WVU with a degree in journalism.