Former Congressional Candidate Announces Presidential Run
Military vet Richard Ojeda filed papers to run for president on Sunday evening after losing his bid to represent West Virginia in Congress. The 48-year-old Democrat was defeated by Republican Carol Miller 56% to 44% in the southern West Virginia District. The retired Army paratrooper, who previously worked as a high school teacher, made the official announcement on Monday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in DC. Ojeda supported Donald Trump for president in 2016 because he said he initially believed Trump would do something for West Virginians. By 2018, he expressed regret for voting for Trump, saying that "he hasn't done shit" and he is "taking care of the daggone people he's supposed to be getting rid of.” Ojeda, who is of Mexican descent, was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2016. The 24-year veteran, known for his tattoos and populist message, sponsored successful legislation to make medical marijuana legal and has stressed health care and economic issues in a district reeling from lost coal jobs. In an email to supporters on Sunday, he said he learned from his congressional run that he wanted to take his campaign to a bigger stage. “Families in Logan, West Virginia, were going through the same struggles as families in the Bronx, San Francisco and Houston,” he wrote. “This was not a West Virginia problem. This is an American problem and it has to change.” More here.