Natalie Tennant

Natalie Tennant

West Virginia
  • A groundbreaking leader with Senate aspirations
  • An innovator who’s increased transparency and accountability
  • A top-tier race against a well-funded opponent

A barrier-buster in the Mountain State

When West Virginia Senate candidate Natalie Tennant strode onto the football field twenty years ago as West Virginia University’s first female Mountaineer mascot, she says people told her to “go back to the kitchen.”  Thankfully, Natalie ignored that advice, earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at WVU, becoming a news anchor and media executive before being elected West Virginia’s first female Democratic secretary of state with 66% of the vote in 2008.  Now she’s running against GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in a race that will be a lynchpin to keeping the Senate.

An innovative leader in a critical post

Endorsed in her secretary of state campaign through EMILY’s List’s POP Program , Natalie has made her office more efficient, and more responsive to voters, business owners, candidates and others who depend on its services and information. Using digital tools like live webcasting and social media, Natalie has drastically increased transparency in West Virginia’s government, drastically improving voting security and convenience while offering the state’s entrepreneurs business-friendly options like e-filing of annual reports.  A strong advocate of voting rights, Natalie has fought photo ID legislation  while making it easier for the West Virginia’s military and overseas voters to cast ballots online.  

Already tied in the polls

Rockefeller’s seat is key to keeping the Senate Democratic, and the non-partisan West Virginia poll shows Natalie and Capito in a dead heat . The race could well bust all West Virginia spending records – Capito, a prolific fundraiser, already has nearly $2.9 million in the bank.  Natalie will be counting on the EMILY’s List community to raise the resources necessary to compete with Capito – and a National Republican Senatorial Committee determined to retake the Senate – and turn out the voters who will elect her the Mountain State’s first woman senator.

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