CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Charleston attorney Nick Preservati could soon enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va.
"At this point, I am considering it, I'm seriously considering it," the Democrat said in a short phone call Wednesday night. "I will make a final decision one way or the other in the next few weeks."
In late 2012, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced she would seek the Senate seat. Shortly thereafter Rockefeller announced his intention to retire.
Several names have been kicked around as potential challengers for Capito's, but no one has committed.
Sen. Carte Goodwin, appointed to the position after Sen. Robert Byrd died in office, recently told The Associated Press he wasn't interested in the spot. Former Gov. Gaston Caperton also declined, and there's speculation U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., will run for re-election as opposed to facing the popular Capito in a Senate race.
Although Preservati has no formal political experience, The National Journal reported that he has the personal wealth, connections and convictions to make a formidable candidate.
The Journal reported that Preservati comes from a family heavily involved in southern West Virginia's coal mining industry.
"I'm not sure there's much difference between Shelley's position on coal and Nick Preservati's position and Joe Manchin's position," former state Democratic Party chairman Nick Casey told the journal.
Preservati is an attorney with Preservati Law Offices in Charleston. He represented AEP in a variety of different cases, according to the law firm's website.
He also worked for the Goodwin & Goodwin lawfirm before his work with AEP, the site states. That firm is of the same family as Carte Goodwin and U.S. District Attorney Booth Goodwin, popular Democrats in the state.