PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Democratic candidate, and Mid-Ohio Valley resident Jody Murphy officially filed for the office of West Virginia governor on Monday.
Murphy was in Charleston on Monday morning to officially put his name on the ballot.
Murphy called it, "overwhelming" to see his name on a governor's ballot, and he knows he has a tough road ahead of him.
He is grateful for the support he has gained from the Mid-Ohio Valley and the state of West Virginia throughout his short campaign thus far.
If he were to receive the office of governor, his main focus would be to keep West Virginians in the Mountain State.
"Grow, and recruit, and retain our residency," says Murphy. "we've been losing population since the 1970s. Our best and our brightest, and our working West Virginians are leaving the state. I want to keep them. I want to retain them. I want their kids here. I want their children's children to be here."
Murphy compared a campaign of this magnitude to, "eating an elephant," which means to take it one step, or bite, at a time.
Eight others have filed for the office of Governor in West Virginia:
- Shelby Jean Fitzhugh: Republican
- Michael Folk: Republican
- Jim Justice: Republican (incumbent)
- Ben Salango: Democrat
- Doug Six: Republican
- Stephen Smith: Democrat
- Ron Stollings: Democrat
- Woody Thrasher: Republican