Updated Tue, Sep 17, 2013 2:56 pm
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has entered the U.S. Senate race.
The Democrat announced her candidacy in front of about 100 supporters at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley on Tuesday. She's seeking the seat of retiring Democratic U.S.. Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Tennant quickly broke ranks with her party, saying she disagrees with President Barack Obama's policies on coal. She says she'll push for a new partnership between the coal industry and the government. Among other things, she wants the government to promote coal exports through its trade policies.
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito announced last fall she'll seek the Republican nomination. Tennant told supporters Capito is part of the reason Congress is in gridlock.
Tennant is currently serving her second, four-year term as the state's top elections official.