Opinion

Tennant, Capito debate important

An editorial from The Daily Athenaeum

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginians, along with the rest of the nation, will cast their midterm election votes Nov. 4. There are many important decisions to be made in many districts across the nation.

One of these decisions is in our own backyard.

The nation has its eyes on West Virginia, specifically on the open Senate seat. Vying for that seat are Natalie Tennant (Democarat) and Shelley Moore Capito (Republican).

Joining Tennant and Capito in the race is Bob Baber (Mountain), John Buckley (Libertarian) and Phil Hudok (Constitution). While it is important to recognize third-party candidates, it has been generally assumed that either Tennant or Capito will win the seat.

This marks a monumentous moment in West Virginia’s history. Never before has this state been represented in the U.S. Senate by a woman.

As students, we have a responsibility to be informed about candidates and their platforms. As Mountaineers, we have the responsibility of choosing the best person to represent our state.

There have been many attention-grabbing commercials from Tennant and Capito’s campaigns. While these commercials might quickly inform voters where a candidate stands on a particular topic, it is important to remember that this does not paint the candidate’s full character.

The only way to be truly informed about which candidate to vote for is to watch them debate.

Tuesday, the West Virginia Press Association is co-sponsoring a debate between Tennant and Capito. This will be broadcast on WV Public Broadcasting’s television and radio stations across the state.

The debate will focus on six topics…

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