* State Sen. Mike Hall, 64, a former minister and a financial advisor in his 19th year in the Legislature.
* Mike Stuart, a lawyer and a former state party chairman.
And those are just six of the Republican possibilities from Kanawha and Putnam counties. Surely other candidates will emerge from elsewhere in the district.
"I think it's great," state GOP Chairman Conra Lucas told the Daily Mail's Zack Harold. "It's a sign of the times for Republicans, where in the past we may only have one or two ready to hop in the race."
This field of excellent candidates reflects a party that has built itself from the bottom up. Just 20 years ago, Republicans held only 21 of the 100 seats in the state House of Delegates. Today they hold 46 seats.
The process has been slow but steady. Republicans are winning in the marketplace of ideas by offering solutions to the problems West Virginia faces, instead of the status quo that Democrats cling to.
Voters have noticed. Democrats are switching registration to independent and independents to Republican.
That trend will continue as long as Republicans offer ideas for growth in the economy rather than dependency.