EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer TV Journalist Rabel Considers Run For U.S. House
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 10, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 6:23 PM EDT
Lincoln County , West Virginia
Former television journalist Ed Rabel is considering a run for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Shelley Moore Capito.
In a news release issued Wednesday, Rabel said he is exploring a run and will be traveling the district to speak with residents as he weighs his decision. Rabel would run as a Mountain Party candidate.
“I came back to West Virginia to reconnect with my roots on Rabel Mountain,” Rabel said, referring to his family’s historical homeplace near Charleston. “The Mountain Party appealed to me because of its progressive approach to achieving more jobs for West Virginians and growing the state’s economy. The other political parties seemed to be bogged down in party politics, to the disappointment of the people.”
An Emmy and Polk Award winner, West Virginia native Rabel is a former national and international news correspondent for NBC and CBS. He began his broadcast career at St. Albans' WKLC radio station, and later served as news director of WCHS-TV. He currently resides in Lincoln County.
Rabel has filed pre-candidacy papers announcing his switch from the Democratic Party to the Mountain Party.
Capito, a Republican, is giving up the seat to pursue a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jay Rockefeller.
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