Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 12, 2013

Cole announces he will not challenge Rahall

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — State Senator Bill Cole said Wednesday he will not challenge veteran Democrat Nick Rahall in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District.

Cole, R-Mercer, was asked by the national Republican Party to consider running against Rahall for a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives. However, Cole announced Wednesday that he will continue to serve his constituents in southern West Virginia instead in the state Senate.

“It is both a flattering and a humbling experience to be asked to run for Congress by so many fellow West Virginians, members of my party, and those concerned with the future of our nation,” Cole said. “It is because of these people that I have given it my full consideration. While I believe that now is the time for a new kind of leader to represent the 3rd District of West Virginia, I believe that I have an obligation to continue to serve those who put their trust in me by electing me to the state Senate. It is for that reason alone that I have decided not to run for a national office at this time.”