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Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, has announced her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Poore, who represents the 37th district, made the announcement July 9 via Twitter. She was appointed to her position in 2010 to replace Carrie Webster, who resigned. She was re-elected last fall with 88 percent of the vote. Poore has spent her time in the Legislature serving on the Energy, Industry and Labor/Economic Development and Small Business, Constitutional Revision, Health and Judiciary committees.

"Meshea has dedicated her life to serving the people of West Virginia," said Cartney McCracken, Poore's campaign spokeswoman. "As a delegate, she's developed strong, personal relationships with constituents, community leaders, legislators, labor, business and families from all walks of life across our state. She's running because they deserve a strong voice in Congress. West Virginians need someone with a proven record who has the energy it takes the tackle the tough issues and deliver solutions that families can count on."

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., currently represents the 2nd Congressional District, but she announced in November that she will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Capito was first elected to Congress in 2001 after serving two terms in the House of Delegates.

McCracken said she anticipates Poore's biggest challenge will be taking the seat from Republicans. The seat was maintained by Democrats Harley O. Staggers and Bob Wise between 1983 and 2001.

"West Virginia Democrats need a candidate with a proven track record and new energy to take this seat back and represent the district in Washington," McCracken said. "There is serious work to be done. Meshea is running because West Virginians trust her to get this work done."