CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – State Sen. Richard Ojeda has defeated three other Democrats for the party’s nomination in the U.S. House 3rd District in West Virginia.
Ojeda beat state Delegate Shirley Love, Huntington bus service CEO Paul Davis and nurse Janice Hagerman in Tuesday’s primary.
The 3rd District seat is being vacated by Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins, who ran for U.S. Senate.
Ojeda became popular with state teachers for backing their efforts to win better pay and health benefits. Teachers ultimately won a 5 percent pay increase after a nine-day strike, and their success ignited similar teacher walkouts in other states.
The 3rd District stretches from the Ohio River through the southern coalfields to the Greenbrier Valley.