Republican businessman Bill Maloney filed pre-candidacy papers Monday, the first step toward making a run for the governor's mansion again in 2012.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin won this year's special election with 50 percent of the vote. Maloney came in close, claiming 47 percent.
Maloney filed his pre-candidacy papers early Monday morning at the Secretary of State's Office in Charleston.
Statement from Republican Bill Maloney
“I filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's office today, forming an exploratory committee for the 2012 gubernatorial election. During the last few weeks, I have spoken to many West Virginians who remain concerned about our state’s future. They have encouraged me to run for governor in 2012. I am grateful for their continued support. In the coming weeks, I will make an announcement regarding my future plans.”
Statement from WV Democratic Party Chair on Bill Maloney’s Pre-candidacy Filing Today
“West Virginia voters rejected Bill Maloney two months ago despite his spending millions of the dollars he made letting our jobs go to Pennsylvania. Maloney wasn't able to hide his risky ideas from the voters and he will once again learn next year that West Virginia is not for sale.
Voters appreciate Earl Ray Tomblin's track record of responsibly lowering taxes and fostering an environment where businesses want to create jobs.”
Also of note: this race is not the only potential rematch next year. Democrat Mike Oliverio previously has announced he wants to run for Congress again in West Virginia's first district. He lost to Rep. David McKinley (R) in 2010.