From the Charleston Daily Mail:
The 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.
The likely Democratic nominee is acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who is considered a conservative in the mold of Senator Joe Manchin. This could create a space for the Mountain Party to exploit by running to the left of both candidates, although the vote ceiling is quite low for a statewide third party green candidate in culturally conservative West Virginia.