Senator Amy Grady a teacher and junior State Senator from the 4th District (Mason, Putnam, Jackson and Cabell County) told WVStatewide.com today she is exploring her run for West Virginia’s top job.
Grady was inspired to enter the Senate race after participating in the 2018 West Virginia teachers’ strike. She upset then Senate President Mitch Carmichael who had opposed pay raises for teachers and supported charter schools. Grady has described herself as a “Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment conservative teacher who was fed up with self-serving elected officials.” Her campaign was self-funded and Carmichael outraised her by more than 50 to 1. Grady won the three-way primary with 39.12% of the vote and then won her general election by 70.69%.
Since serving in the Senate Grady has risen to the chair of the Senate Education Committee and Vice Chair of Health.
When asked about her decision to explore a run for Governor, Grady told us:
“I’ve had dozens of people ask me to run for Governor. I love my job as a Senator but I should at least explore the possibility to keep the state on the move.” Senator Amy Grady, April 10, 2023
Grady and her husband Jack have three children and reside in Leon, West Virginia.