The Picket Editorial: WV Women Senator
September 24, 2013
We of The Picket are pleased with the prospect that West Virginia is poised to elect its first female U.S. Senator.
Regretfully, West Virginia does not have a strong history in relation to gender equality in elected politics. The state has yet to elect a female governor, has only had two female members of Congress and has only elected three women to state office. Clearly, women have not always been treated seriously as candidates for higher office in West Virginia.
West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant (D), and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R) are above and beyond the favorites for their respective parties. Not only will their name recognition and ability to raise money ensure they remain the frontrunners, but no other serious candidates have come forward to challenge either of them.
Having a female U.S. senator represent the state will ensure a voice is given to the thousands of West Virginia women who depend upon services such as Planned Parenthood, women’s health centers and other organizations that are currently under threat from Washington. Additionally, both candidates have experience in the business world and in state politics.
Tennant’s experience as a small business owner, the Chief Elections Officer of the state, and as the only statewide female office holder provides her with an excellent background to represent all West Virginians in D.C.
Capito’s background and seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives provides her with a strong understanding of the inner workings of the Capitol. Furthermore, she will be able to capitalize on her inside-the-Beltway contacts to get a jump on the ways of Washington.
While Tennant has a stronger background in relation to issues pertaining to women and gender equality, Capito isn’t a hard right-liner. All West Virginians will be well served no matter which candidate is elected.