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Tennant, Savilla Seek Secretary Of State’s Office

October 21, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Incumbent Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat, faces a challenge from current Republican Delegate Brian Savilla of Mason County for her seat.

- Tennant, 44, is completing her first four-year term as Secretary of State. She is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she was the school's first female mascot.

She is married to state Sen. Erik Wells.

"What sets me apart is that I don't sit on the sidelines when works needs to be done to move West Virginia forward," Tennant said. "You can see that from the last three and one-half years the Secretary of State's Office has seen tremendous accomplishments, challenges and forward thinking.

"I have become known as our state's most transparent office holder through an open and engaging government that has cut through bureaucratic red tape, saved businesses money through efficiency and online services and fought election fraud for clean, honest and accessible elections."

- Savilla, 30, of Southside, W.Va., presently represents the 14th District in the House of Delegates. He is completing his first two-year term.

"West Virginia's economic and financial standing right now is not good, and it is not poised for future growth," Savilla said. "As of now, we look to remain among the worst in the majority of economic, judicial, and educational categories. Yes, we do have a balanced budget and rainy day fund, but that can and will come crashing down with many of the problems facing us.

"Many of our industries are under attack, specifically our natural resources, which creates a large portion of our revenue."

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