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Ojeda Far From Gifted Candidate

A genuinely promising candidate for president from West Virginia would be a nice thing. Too bad the best we seem to be able to offer is state Sen. Richard Ojeda II, D-Logan.

Ojeda went to Washington the other day to announce that he is running for president. “We have not had people that have really fought for the working-class citizens of this country,” he proclaimed.

If Ojeda’s name sounds familiar, it is because he was on the election ballot last week in 18 southern West Virginia counties. He was running for the House of Representatives from the Third Congressional District.

Ojeda was beaten badly by Republican Carol Miller. She prevailed over him by 98,203 votes to his 75,904. Ojeda won in just two of the 18 counties. Even Logan County, his home, turned him down.

Elected in 2016, Ojeda has more than two years remaining in his state Senate term. Perhaps he should concentrate on representing his constituents in the Legislature, rather than on the presidency.

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