CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A familiar face says she is running for governor of West Virginia.
Former Secretary of State Betty Ireland announced Thursday that she will file Pre-Candidacy papers to run for the office, which will allow her to raise money for her campaign.
Ireland says she will file two forms: one for a 2011 special election year, and another for the 2012 regularly scheduled governor’s race. This will allow her to begin raising monies for a special governor’s race in 2011 if there is one, or for a 2012 race. Ireland is a Republican.
Ireland said, "“West Virginia needs new leadership to get us out of last place. I am confident I can provide that leadership.”
Ireland served as Secretary of State from 2005-2009, the first woman ever elected to the Executive Branch of government in West Virginia. She currently is Vice President for Business Relationships at the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC) in South Charleston.