Kent Leonhardt Files For 2014 State Senate Run

Small Business Owner & Retired U.S. Marine Fighting For Jobs, Veterans

FAIRVIEW, W.Va. — Kent Leonhardt announced he will file today to run for the West Virginia State Senate, representing the Second District. A small business owner and farmer, Leonhardt retired as a decorated Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Marine Corps in 1996. He will bring his longtime experience as a businessman and military veteran to the State Senate.

“Working families in West Virginia deserve a fighting chance to have an economy that doesn’t rank 50th in so many categories and a home where our children can stay and find good jobs,” said Leonhardt. “For the last 80 years, career politicians in Charleston have discouraged job growth by creating an unfriendly business environment in our state. With valuable natural resources and a willing workforce, the 2nd Senatorial District should be flourishing. My years as a small businessman, farmer and career in the Marine Corps have provided me with the right mix of leadership and experience to represent the people of the 2nd District in the State Senate. I pledge to fight everyday on behalf of my fellow constituents for policies that will improve the lives of our district.”

Leonhardt built a 380-acre farm from scratch in Monongalia County after retiring from the USMC. Last year, in his first political campaign, Leonhardt was narrowly defeated in a statewide run for Commissioner of Agriculture. Receiving more than 297,000 votes (48.4%) and winning 23 counties, including six of the nine counties within the 2nd district, Leonhardt proved there is an appetite for his type of leadership in Charleston and a desire among West Virginians for a new crop of elected officials with fresh ideas and the willingness to stand up against the overreach against intrusive government policies.

“Growth in our agricultural economy remains a priority and farming, like our coal and gas industries, isunder assault by Obama and D.C. liberals,” said Leonhardt. “We must be vigilant to make sure we not only protect our industries, but grow them.”

As a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Leonhardt would bring a focus to veteran issues which are often lost in Charleston.

“I am proud to live in a state that certainly goes above and beyond sending our fair share of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen to serve our nation.” Leonhardt said. “We send our human treasure to help this country and we need to do more to welcome them home. This includes providing good jobs and a healthy environment. I guarantee I will do my best to serve veteran interests if chosen by voters to represent the Second Senatorial District in 2014.”

Leonhardt will run to represent parts or all of nine counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ritchie, Tyler, Wetzel

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