Retired Army paratrooper Richard Ojeda announced his bid for the presidency in 2020 on Veterans Day.
A close source to WV Democratic State Senator Richard Ojeda told WOWK 13 News ahead of time that he would announce a bid to run for President in 2020.
Ojeda made the announcement Monday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and he filed his campaign committee paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday.
Ojeda wants to restore the Democratic Party’s blue-collar roots. He says “we have not had people that have really fought for the working-class citizens in this country.”
Ojeda was a candidate against Carol Miller this past election for the 3rd District of the House of Representatives, losing to Miller by a vote of 56% to 44%.
Now Ojeda will face a new opponent in President Trump, but WV Senate President Mitch Carmichael doesn’t see Ojeda having home field advantage in West Virginia.
“This state recognizes the value and economic progress that’s occurring under republican leadership, under President Donald Trump and so I think there will be no question where the people of West Virginia align,” said Senator Carmichael.
Ojeda, who is of Mexican descent, was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2016. He sponsored successful legislation to make medical marijuana legal, and has stressed health care and economic issues in a district reeling from lost coal jobs.