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Maloney Files for Governor

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Three months after his defeat in the October special gubernatorial election, Republican businessman Bill Maloney has filed for that office again.

This time, however, Maloney will run for a full four-year term as opposed to the much shorter 13-month term he would have secured if he had won the special election against Earl Ray Tomblin.

Maloney, from Morgantown, defeated several more popular Republicans, including former Secretary of State Betty Ireland, in the May primary. He went on to wage a fierce campaign against Tomblin, who became acting governor after Joe Manchin vacated the seat for the U.S. Senate. Maloney, a virtual unknown who had never before sought political office, came within three percentage points of Tomblin.

After a successful campaign for the special election, Maloney said he wouldn't do much different this time around.

"Our message resonated. You've got to get government out of the way, bureaucracy out of the way, make the taxes fair for everybody, clean up our courts, let our kids stay here and have opportunities," he said. "We're going to beat the same drum this time."

David Catanese, a blogger with Politico, consistently ranked the special election among his top 10 races to watch. Maloney said he expects Catanese and other bloggers to once again turn their attention to the 2012 election.

Maloney said he will visit every part of the state because "there are some pockets we missed last time." Tomblin, who represented Logan County in the West Virginia Legislature since the 1970s, won heavily in the coalfields. Maloney, who once owned a drilling company, said he plans to spend time campaigning in the coalfields.

"We can change this place,' he said. "We need to flip 3,500 people and we win."

Both Maloney and his wife Sharon also filed with the Secretary of State as delegates to the Republican National Convention. Both remain uncommitted.

The filing period ends Jan. 28. Maloney, Tomblin and Ralph William Clark are the only three candidates to file for governor so far.


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