CHARLESTON – With both candidate unopposed in the primary, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Democratic candidate Doug Reynolds now can take a step up to the election stage for this fall's race.
“As Attorney General, I will continue to fight tirelessly to defend West Virginia against reckless and unlawful Washington mandates that kill jobs and put our way of life in the Mountain State at risk," the incumbent Morrisey, a Republican, said in a primary night statement. "The voters sent a clear message today: We cannot allow out-of-touch liberals like Hillary Clinton to destroy our economy, eliminate more jobs, and regulate every facet of our lives.
"I will continue to oppose the Obama-Clinton agenda, which my office has had great success stopping over the past three years.
“I look forward to having the opportunity over the coming months to have conversations with hardworking people in every corner of the state about the successes we have had in defending West Virginia jobs, protecting consumers, and restoring integrity to the office of the Attorney General.”
Reynolds, who currently is a House of Delegates member, said he's honored for the chance to run for Attorney General.
"I look forward to sharing my ideas and priorities with fellow West Virginians over the coming months," he said in an election night statement. "I'm eager to have a vigorous debate on the issues affecting West Virginia with Mr. Morrisey, and I congratulate him on securing his party's nomination.
"As Attorney General, I will strive to protect senior citizens from the increasing amount of predatory scams, combat the growing drug epidemic that has ravaged our communities and families, and give small businesses the assistance they require to start or grow a business in this state.
"As a fourth generation West Virginian, I have always called the Mountain State my home, and I look forward to continuing to serve her and her citizens as Attorney General."
Reynolds thanked his family for dealing with the long hours of campaigning so far.
"However, this election is too important to sit on the sidelines, as West Virginia currently faces serious challenges and I want to help make West Virginia a place where my children can live and raise a family," he said.