Natalie E. Tennant filed gubernatorial candidacy papers today, saying she looks forward to talking with West Virginians about their concerns and her vision for the state.
Tennant said she is running to improve the quality of life for all West Virginians, improve our economy, and to create jobs for this generation and for the next.
The Marion County native is known for having a common sense approach to state government, bringing transparency and cutting red tape.
"The time for West Virginia is now," Tennant said. "We are going to address the challenges we face from a fresh perspective. This state needs new leadership, and that's what I offer. I have never sat on the sidelines and I won't now when the state I have grown up in and love needs my help."
In 2008, Tennant successfully ran for Secretary of State. She comfortably won that election and in January 2009 was sworn in as the 29th West Virginia Secretary of State.
During her tenure, Tennant broke new ground not only through her practical use of technology but also through initiatives that made the voting process more streamlined, secure, and accessible. Tennant promoted accountability and transparency in government through use of technology including social media websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, and through live video streams on the internet.
In just two years as Secretary of State, Tennant helped West Virginia become a worldwide leader in safe and secure online voting for overseas and deployed military, ensuring that our men and women in uniform can cast their ballot when performing their duty for their country.