Leonhardt Files Pre-Candidacy Papers

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Leonhardt Files Pre-Candidacy Papers

Kent Leonhardt, who ran unsuccessfully for the commissioner of agriculture seat now held by Walt Helmick, has filed pre-candidacy papers to run for the West Virginia State Senate.

Leonhardt, a Republican, filed papers April 23 with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to run in the 2nd senatorial district. That seat currently is held by Sen. Larry Edgell, D-Wetzel.

A veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield who  served in the United States Marine Corps, Leonhardt and his wife own and operate a 380-acre farm in Monongalia County. Leonhardt says his experiences will help him help the district.

"For the last 80 years, career politicians in Charleston have discouraged job growth by creating an unfriendly business environment in our state," Leonhardt said in a statement. "With valuable natural resources and a willing work force, the 2nd senatorial district should be flourishing. My years as a small businessman, farmer and career in the Marine Corps have provided me with the right mix of leadership and experience to represent the people of the 2nd district in the state Senate. I pledge to fight every day on behalf of my fellow constituents for policies that will improve the lives of our district."

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