A native of Niagara, N.Y., Staunton moved to Oak Hill when he was 13, according to past newspaper features. He briefly attended West Virginia University before moving to New York City to pursue a career in acting.
He later moved back to West Virginia to attend a vocational school, and eventually earned a degree in 2001 from West Virginia State College. He worked in radio before serving for decades as a reporter and anchor with TV stations in Charleston and Beckley.
"If things are just fine for you, then keep the leadership we have seen, but if you want to get back on track to build a better tomorrow for West Virginia, then stand with me to keep the "well-connected" and those part of political dynasties from grabbing the seat that belongs to "We the people..." Staunton wrote on the Facebook post.
Capito is the only candidate who has officially raised money for a Senate campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission website. As of March 31 she had $2.37 million cash on hand.
Former TV anchors have fared well historically when turning to political careers in West Virginia. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and state Senator Erik Wells, both Democrats, worked as co-anchors for WCHS in Charleston before seeking public office.
Both are believed to be considering runs for either Capito's current seat or Senate.
Charleston attorney Nick Preservati is another Democrat who has expressed interest in vying for the Senate seat.