Marshall GOP To Host Capito

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will be the keynote speaker Friday at the Marshall County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner.

Capito, R-W.Va., is seeking to be the state’s next U.S. senator. Her main contender for the seat became known late Monday when West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat, announced her intentions to run for the federal office.

Social hour for Friday’s dinner begins at 5 p.m. at the Moundsville County Club, and dinner will be served at 6 p.m., said county GOP Chairman Ron Morris.

The event will mark a homecoming for Capito, 59, a native of Glen Dale. She is the daughter of former West Virginia Gov. Arch Moore and his wife, Shelley, who still reside in town.

The event this year has been moved to the Moundsville County Club, which Morris noted has a “more formal” atmosphere than for past dinners. The venue holds 100 people, and Morris expects to fill the room.

Tickets are available by calling Morris at 304-233-2570, or 304-280-5336.

Capito lives in Charleston with her husband, Charles, and the couple has three grown children.

She was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1997, where she served two terms. In 2000, voters selected Capito to represent West Virginia’s 2nd District in the U.S. House, and she presently is serving in her seventh term.

Capito announced her candidacy for Senate in 2014 last November last year just days after the 2012 general election.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., announced in January he would not seek re-election in 2014.