A West Virginia State Senator eying a bid for the white house kicked off his presidential campaign.
On Monday, November 19, Richard Ojeda spoke to a jubilant crowd in Louisville, Kentucky at Teamster Local 783 Union Hall.
In the 2018 midterm election, Ojeda ran for the House of Representatives for the Third District, but was defeated by Carol Miller. Despite the loss, Ojeda said the war is not over and he will continue to fight for the working class.
“The problems we have in West Virginia are the same problems we have in the Bronx, New York, Flint, Michigan, the Silicon Valley and the Rio Grande Valley. These issues are all over, the fight is everywhere,” Ojeda said.
59 News asked Ojeda why he chose Kentucky to kick off his campaign. He said the answer is simple. Muhammad Ali, a very well known fighter, is from Louisville.
West Virginians traveled from far and wide to show their support for Ojeda, some driving nearly five hours. Tina Gray-Russell made the trip from Mercer County. She said Ojeda’s spunk and straight forward attitude would make him a great candidate for the next president of the United States.
“He will not be afraid to address the corruption in politics, he won’t be afraid to call people out and say what it really is, he will not be making decisions based on what his lobbyists tell him to do,” Gray-Russell said.
With the first political campaign in the books, supporter Krystal Ball said Ojeda is bringing attention to states that have no political voice.
“We are putting states on the map for democrats that no other candidate can possibly put on the map,” Ball said.
After leaving Kentucky, Ojeda said he plans to travel to New York for rallies and then return home to spend Thanksgiving with his family.