95-Year-Old Man Runs for Senate Seat

West Virginia has a surprising candidate running for this month's Senate primary. Ken Hechler is a 95-year-old veteran politician who was a part of the Truman administration. He served in the House from 1959 to '77 and was the secretary of West Virginia from '85 to 2001. Now, he hopes to become the oldest in the Senate.

While Hechler is a long shot in the Democratic primary he has campaigned throughout the state in his trademark red Jeep. He says that while he is old, he has the heart and articulation of a 35 year old. He is running on a platform of important local issues including controversial mining practices.

While Hechler's has pretty low odds of winning the primary, he said it would not come as a surprise to win after years in public service.
"I would be gratified," he said. "I'm never surprised by anything in politics." For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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