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Two GOP challengers emerge in W.Va.’s 2nd District

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Rep. Alex Mooney will have at least two Republican primary opponents in his quest for re-election in May.

Marc Savitt, a mortgage provider in Jefferson County, announced his candidacy on Tuesday, joining Ken Reed, a Morgan County pharmacist, as declared challengers to Mooney.

“Washington is broken,” Savitt, the owner of The Mortgage Center in Martinsburg, said in announcing his run. “It won’t be fixed by professional politicians who are more interested in grand-standing and scoring political points off their opponents than they are in governing our country.”

Like Mooney, who, prior to moving to West Virginia held office in Maryland and began a congressional run there, Savitt has also run for office in another state.

In 2014, Savitt ran for the open House seat in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, just across the border from Jefferson County. He raised about $7,000 for his campaign and contributed another $9,000 of his own money. He came in last in the six-person Republican primary, collecting less than 2 percent of the vote.

He did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Reed, who filed papers with the state to run back in April, echoes similar themes to Savitt…

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