CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, will run for West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in 2014.
Poore made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday morning, and also launched a website where supporters can donate to her campaign, www.mesheaforwv.com.
Campaign spokeswoman Cartney McCracken said Poore would file candidacy papers with the Secretary of State's Office this week.
Poore is the second Democrat to announce a run for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's seat after the longtime incumbent announced she would run for U.S. Senate.
Charleston lawyer Nick Casey launched his own campaign April 30, and recently said he has already raised $420,000 in campaign funds. About $300,000 of that money came from his own pockets, however.
McCracken said Poore has known Casey for years, and they are both "passionate about the future of West Virginia Democrats." She said Poore is "humbled and honored" to be in the race.
"This race is a much bigger race and the biggest challenge is taking back the congressional seat that's been held by a Republican for a decade," McCracken said.
Poore said beating Casey will take a lot of money, but said she has a good team in place to help raise the necessary funds.
"I think what's going to get the money is hard work," she said.
On the Republican side, former Bush administration official Charlotte Lane has said she will run but has not yet filed official candidacy papers. Former state lawmaker Steve Harrison has said he's seriously considering a run.
Poore currently represents Kanawha County's 37th District in the state House of Delegates; but, since she's up for re-election in that seat next year, she will have to abandon her current office to run for Congress.