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  Mountain Party selects gubernatorial candidate
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Last EditedTX DEM  May 11, 2011 10:13pm
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AuthorJared Hunt
MediaNewspaper - Charleston Daily Mail
News DateWednesday, May 4, 2011 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Mountain Party has tapped former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber to be its nominee in the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election.

The party unanimously nominated Baber, 60, following a convention Sunday in Sutton. Former Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson was also a potential nominee in the convention, but he withdrew his name from consideration to allow for a unanimous vote for Baber.

Baber was the first Mountain Party member ever elected to public office when he won the 2004 Richwood mayoral election. He had lost out to Johnson for the party's gubernatorial nomination earlier that year.

He acknowledged that being a third-party candidate is an uphill battle.

"It's a tough way to go — you don't have a lot of finances; you've got to do a lot yourself," he said. "Our party is a party about the truth, and sometimes telling the truth is not the most popular thing in the world to do."

While Johnson represented the party in the past two gubernatorial campaigns, as well as for the special U.S. Senate election last year, Baber viewed his nomination as a sort of passing of the baton in the party.
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