CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A West Virginia state senator running for president has officially resigned from his seat.
Sen. Richard Ojeda submitted his resignation letter Tuesday to Senate President Mitch Carmichael.
Ojeda said he is not resigning "out of anger or surrender" but because it would be unfair to leave the seat empty, with no voice for his constituents in the 7th District in Logan County.
He also urged Gov. Jim Justice to select a "strong Democrat" to fill his seat, asking for his replacement to not be a lobbyist or a friend.
Ojeda announced his campaign for president shortly after losing a highly contested race to Republican Carol Miller for a U.S. House seat in November.
Below is Ojeda's Senate resignation letter: