Thursday, September 26, 2013

Better know a politician: Natalie Tennant

Name: Natalie Tennant

Political Party: Democratic (D)

Current Position: Secretary of State, West Virginia

State: West Virginia

Tenure: 2009-present

Previous position: She was a broadcaster and television reporter prior to being elected as Secretary of State.

Previous election: 2012 West Virginia Secretary of State

Natalie Tennant: 62%
Brian Savilla: 38%

Future position: Tennant has announced that she will be running for the 2014 Senate seat that was vacated by the retirement of Jay Rockefeller. She is not expected to face any significant Democratic challenger for the 2014 Democratic primary.

Polling results: Public Policy Polling, September 24, 2013

Favorable: 39%
Unfavorable: 32%
Not sure: 30%

Shelley Moore Capito: 50%
Natalie Tennant: 36%
Not sure: 14%


  • Tennant implemented an online voting initiative for military members and citizens overseas.
  • Eliminated transaction fees for businesses that file online
  • Expanded online services for obtaining Certificates of Existence and Authorization
  • Set up a mobile Secretary of State's office to help business owners file annual reports
  • Supports more regulations and environmental guidelines involving shale
  • Has already distanced herself from Barack Obama
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United
  • Endorsed by the NARAL indicating a pro-choice stance

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