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Warner Sets Governor Run

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Charleston – In a move that did not surprise our readers, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced today his 2024 candidacy for Governor. 

The Republican candidate made his announcement near the Veteran’s Memorial at the state capitol to a crowd of about 150.

Warner is a sixth-generation West Virginian. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he served 23 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the WVU College of Law.

He was first elected Secretary of State in 2016 and then re-elected in 2020.

During today’s announcement, Warner was accompanied by his wife of 40 years, Debbie Law Warner. She also serves as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from Monongalia County.  

Mac and Debbie Warner are the parents of four children: two sons and two daughters who all are currently or have been officers in the United States military.

In announcing his candidacy, Warner described growing up in a neighborhood near the capitol. He also highlighted his and the family’s devotion to the military.

The Secretary declared, “I want to make clear; West Virginia’s best days are ahead of us. But growth and prosperity will not just fall upon us.”

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Warner specifically cited his role in various military conflicts, saying each prepared him for leadership.

“But now,” he said, “I’m back home and my focus is on West Virginia. While I loved my time in the Army, I’ll … cite Bon Jovi: I’ve ‘been there done that, and I ain’t lookin back!”’

Warner summed up his candidacy: “I am an America First/West Virginia First constitutional, conservative Republican, and I will lead as one. That means, I respect life, I honor the second Amendment, I stand for less government, want lower taxes, I respect the rule of law, and I embrace our state motto, ‘Mountaineers are always free!”’

Current Republican Governor Jim Justice is term limited from seeking another term. The GOP field to replace him is expected to be crowded.

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    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state. View all posts

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.