CHARLES TOWN – Rod Snyder has announced that he will not seek election to the Second Congressional District in the upcoming 2014 election cycle.
“It’s been a long and arduous process to get to this point,” Snyder said. “I’ve been meeting with people for the last three or four months in Charleston and Washington, D.C.”
“I lot of it comes down to personal and professional reasons, like the ability to take the next 12 to 18 months off to campaign and set my career on hold. Financially, and otherwise, it is very difficult if you are not independently wealthy.”
“It is certainly not about a lack of interest in public service. I definitely still want to (seek elected office) eventually,” Snyder said. “I am still looking for future opportunities, when the timing is right.”
Snyder says he supports the candidacy of Charleston lawyer and former Democratic Party chair Nick Casey.
“I have a lot of faith in him. I decided that, with my not deciding to run, I was not leaving the Democratic Party in a lurch because we do have a very strong candidate,” Snyder said.
Snyder’s second term as President of the Young Democrats of America expires in August, and he has decided not to seek a third term.
“I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do next,” Snyder said. He plans to continue in his current position as an agriculture lobbyist.
Capito announced late last year she would run for the Senate seat now held by U.S. Sen Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat.
A few weeks later, Rockefeller announced he would not seek re-election to the seat he’s held since his election in 1984.
Larry V. Faircloth, a Republican and former House of Delegates member, announced in January that he will run next year for Capito’s seat. According to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office, Republican Robert L. Fluharty of Charles Town and Democrat Steven A. Gower of Weston also have filed pre-candidacy forms for the seat.