CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has tapped local State Senator Mark Maynard and former state Republican Party Chairman Mike Stuart as co-chairs for his West Virginia presidential campaign team.
Trump’s campaign made the announcement Monday after being the first presidential hopeful to file candidacy papers in West Virginia.
“I support Donald Trump because he is a business leader that has been very successful, understands and wins in his negotiations, understands that immigration and the war against terror are issues that must be solved, and he understands how to get American families working again,” said Maynard. “I support Trump’s vision to ‘Make America Great Again’ so that every American can realize his or her dreams.”
Maynard is a Wayne County Republican who owns a used car lot, runs a towing business and works on a professional drag racing pit crew. He was elected in 2014. Maynard upset longtime Senator Truman Chafin in the last election.
Trump’s campaign recently announced he has officially filed to be on the ballot for the May 10 West Virginia presidential primary.
“The Trump campaign filing is the first of any candidate and was submitted weeks ahead of the deadline,” reads a release from the campaign.
In a statement, Trump said he is honored to be on the ballot in West Virginia and that he “look(s) forward to visiting soon.”
“We have received tremendous support from so many people in the Mountain State and are leading in all the polls by double digits,” he said. “In fact, my support in West Virginia is higher than in any other state in the nation.”
Stuart is an attorney from Kanawha County who served as state GOP chairman from 2010 to 2012.
(The AP contributed to this article.)
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)