WILLIAMSON -– The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has announced that Republican Spike Maynard has reached 'Young Gun' status, the premiere level of its three-tiered Young Guns program.
By advancing to the program's top tier, Maynard has proven his ability to build a winning campaign and achieve substantial fundraising goals.
"I am very pleased and very happy to have been elevated to 'Young Gun'," said Maynard. "What it really means is that top donors recognize that we are going to beat Rahall and take back our Country on Nov. 2. That's the day we slam on the brakes on Obama's spending and debt."
Maynard faces incumbent Nick Rahall for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional seat.
"Spike Maynard has proven that he's ready to take on incumbent Nick Rahall, an out-of-touch Democrat who has blindly supported his party's failed agenda of job-killing policies and reckless spending," said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. "Spike's campaign is a symbol of the growing momentum behind Republican candidates in West Virginia and across the country.
"As Democrats and their party bosses continue to force their big-government, big-spending policies onto the backs of hard-working families, Republicans like Spike Maynard will continue to present a clear alternative to a Democrat majority that unapologetically spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much."
Maynard is a former West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice and trial judge from Mingo County. He is an Air Force veteran, where he served in reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his honorable discharge, Maynard was the Managing Director of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce and practiced law.
In 1976, Maynard was elected as a Prosecuting Attorney for Mingo County. He was appointed by Gov. Jay Rockefeller to the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit and was twice elected to that circuit. His legal experience saw him elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals, where he served as Chief Justice in 2000, 2004 and 2008.