2024 Primary Election: U.S. House of Representatives

By RealWV Staff,

Similar to the race for the U.S. Senate, there are seven Republican candidates, and three Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. Notably challenging incumbent Congresswoman Carol Miller for the Republican nomination in the 1st District is former Delegate Derrick Evans, who served several months in federal prison for his role in breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

After publicly accepting responsibility for his crimes, and ultimately being arrested, Evans resigned from the House of Delegates on Jan. 10, 2021. Evans later plead guilty to felony civil disorder, and served four months at the Federal Correctional Institution, in Milan, Michigan.

Click on the image below to learn more about Derrick Evans’ involvement in the January 6 riots:

Derrick Evans, wearing full riot gear, participates in the Capital riots in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. Evans plead guilty in March 2022 and served four months in federal prison for his crime. he has since recanted his admission of guilt and labeled himself a “victim.” Photo courtesy of ABC News.

After announcing his congressional candidacy in early 2023, Evans flip-flopped on his decision to take responsibility for his crimes, and has since campaigned on the premise that he, himself is a “victim.”

As for the 1st District Democratic candidates, healthcare professional Jim Umberger has been an active campaigner, while the lesser-known Chris Bob Reed will also see his name appearing on the ballot. And although not challenging for any party’s nomination, Independent candidate Wes Holden looks to make waves in November.

In the 2nd Congressional District, career military-man Steven Wendelin stands unopposed for the Democratic nomination, with five Republican contenders – most notably current State Treasurer Riley Moore – challenging for the GOP’s blessing.

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