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Longtime West Virginia Democrat Love files to run for Congress in 3rd District

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Shirley Love

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An octogenarian Democratic lawmaker filed to run for Congress in West Virginia’s 3rd District on Thursday.

Delegate Shirley Love, D-Fayette, entered the race for a seat vacated by Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., who is running for the U.S. Senate.

After filing, Love, 84, said if he wins the seat, he’d do all he can to revive the coal industry from Washington, D.C.

“I’d like to see more jobs in my district, and I know coal is not going to come back ever like it was, but if we can bring it back as far as we can bring it back, it’s going to create so many jobs,” he said. “And that’s going to put some coal miners back to work who have been laid off, or companies that have gone out of business or shut down, and it’s going to help the economy of the district, or the particular county those mines are in.”

While data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows employment rates in the coal sector have dropped off heavily since 2012, Love pointed to a recent uptick over the past year as a positive sign for the troubled industry.

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