(April 6, 2016, Morgantown, WV) Eddie Wagoner of Monongalia County is the latest Libertarian to throw his hat into the ring for elective office this year. Wagoner, a Morgantown attorney, has announced his candidacy for House of Delegates in the 51st District, a sprawling five-member district comprised of most of Monongalia County.
“With even just one Libertarian in the state legislature,” says Wagoner, “we could chart a new path in Charleston, away from debilitating partisanship and forward to economic growth founded on individual empowerment, rather than ‘top down’ government by well-connected insiders.” “The solution to West Virginia’s economic malaise is not higher taxes, more government spending, or so-called ‘public/private’ cabals that try to engineer growth by moving pieces on a chess-board,” he explained. “Rather, our path forward is to unleash the dynamism of the free market.”
Wagoner is the second Libertarian candidate hailing from Monongalia County. County resident Buddy Guthrie of Morgantown is running for the statewide office of Commissioner of Agriculture, along with David D. Moran of Preston County for Governor, Karl Kolenich of Upshur County for Attorney General, John Buckley of Hardy County for Secretary of State, and Brent West of Wood County for Treasurer. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia is now the third-largest political party in the state in terms of registered voters.
A 2007 graduate of Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University and Columbia University in 2003, Wagoner is married with two children (and two dogs). “The biggest problem in West Virginia is too much government that stifles individual initiative and personal responsibility and misdirects citizens to seek from Charleston the leftovers of a diminishing economic pie,” he elaborated. “I think we can do better for our families and for each other voluntarily be weaning ourselves off government dependence.” He began his legal career with the firm of Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, in Morgantown. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the NRA, enjoys outdoor athletics, and enthusiastically supports West Virginia’s craft beer industry.
The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) will hold its state nominating convention on Saturday, May 7, at the Sutton Days Inn and Conference Center in Flatwoods. The LPWV anticipates nominating a full slate of candidates for the six statewide races in West Virginia this year as well as candidates for Congressional and state legislative office.