On Tuesday, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant took the campaign trail to Morgantown to announce her plan to run for Senator Jay Rockefeller's seat in the U.S. Senate.
Rockefeller said he will retire at the end of his current term. Tennant announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination Tuesday morning.
She said she can use her experience as Secretary of State to serve her fellow West Virginians in Washington.
"We need someone who is not going to set on the bench. We need someone who's going to roll up her sleeves and get in there and make a difference for the state and be able to address the possibilities and opportunities that we have and bring them back to the state," said Tennant.
Congresswoman Shelley Moore-Capito is running for the Republican nomination.
Tennant was raised in Marion County on a farm with five brothers and one sister. She attended West Virginia University obtaining a degree in journalism. While at WVU, Tennant became the first female Mountaineer.
Tennant said her dad sold cattle to help pay for her tuition at WVU and she worked while she attended WVU to pay for college as well. She said she'll do her best in Washington to make sure there are programs for West Virginia students to attend college and to obtain jobs with better wages.