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Booth Goodwin files to enter WV governor’s race

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo Former U.S. attorney Booth Goodwin has formed a committee in the next step toward a run for the Governor’s Mansion.
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Former U.S. attorney Booth Goodwin has formed a committee in the next step toward a run for the Governor’s Mansion.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Booth Goodwin, long rumored to be a candidate in the West Virginia governor’s race, has taken the next step toward making his bid official.

Goodwin, who stepped down as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, effective Dec. 31, formed the Goodwin for West Virginia Committee on Jan. 1, according to the registration, which was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office Monday morning.

Under state election law, potential candidates must file as pre-candidates before they can begin raising campaign contributions.

Committee treasurer is Chris Morris, a vice president and lobbyist for Citynet, and a former state tax commissioner and deputy secretary of Revenue. In 2012, Morris ran as a Democrat for the House of Delegates, finishing 7th in the four-member 35th District.

The filing period for candidates in 2016 elections opens Monday and continues through Jan. 30.

Joining the race puts Goodwin into an already contested Democratic primary in May…

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