Moore Capito, Son Of Sitting Senator And Grandson Of Former Governor, Announces Run For West Virginia Governor

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Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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Republican West Virginia House Del. Moore Capito announced his candidacy for governor on Tuesday.

Moore expressed his “special, personal commitment” to West Virginia in a new campaign ad announcing his bid to succeed term-limited incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who is considering running for Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s Senate seat in 2024.

Moore Capito is the son of Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelly Moore Capito and her husband, Charles Capito. If elected, Moore will follow in the footsteps of his late grandfather, former Republican West Virginia Gov. Arch Moore Jr.

The candidate made his initial announcement on a local radio show based in Charleston before pitching himself to a wider audience on Fox News.

“I am a lifelong West Virginian. The product of our public schools and now the father of two children,” Moore said in the ad. “I have a special, personal commitment to the state of West Virginia and its citizens to bring my energy, creativity and best efforts. To see our goals achieved. With this vision, I’m asking you to join me, Moore Capito, as I seek my party’s nomination for governor. We are in this together, and I look forward to hearing your ideas on how to strengthen West Virginia.”

In a separate ad, the scion called for tax cuts, increased investment in technology and parental rights in education. (RELATED: Rudy Guiliani’s Son Says He’s Considering Running For New York Governor)

“We must reduce taxes on hardworking West Virginia families and businesses and incentivize greater investment in our natural resources and emerging technologies. We must improve student achievement at West Virginia schools by listening to parents and letting our teachers inspire, and ensure our youth find hope and jobs here.”

Moore is running against businessman Chris Miller, the son of GOP Rep. Carol Miller, for the Republican nomination, Fox News reported.