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The Latest: Military vet Ojeda announces US presidential run

Richard Ojeda, Democratic candidate for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district, watches election results during his campaign's watch party at Special Occasions in Yuma, near Logan, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Dylan Vidovich/The Logan Banner via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda’s announcement to seek the U.S. presidency (all times local):

1 p.m.

Retired Army paratrooper Richard Ojeda chose Veterans Day to unveil his bid for the presidency in 2020.

The Democratic state senator from West Virginia made the announcement Monday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Ojeda filed his campaign committee paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday.

Ojeda wants to restore the Democratic Party’s blue-collar roots. He says “we have not had people that have really fought for the working-class citizens in this country.”

The 24-year veteran known for his tattoos and populist message lost a U.S. House race to a Republican this month.

Ojeda, who is of Mexican descent, was elected to the West Virginia senate in 2016. He sponsored successful legislation to make medical marijuana legal, and has stressed health care and economic issues in a district reeling from lost coal jobs.

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9:10 a.m.

A retired Army paratrooper and West Virginia lawmaker seeking to restore the Democratic Party’s blue-collar roots chose Veterans Day to formalize his campaign for the presidency in 2020.

State Sen. Richard Ojeda filed his campaign committee paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday. He planned a speech at noon on Monday.

The military veteran known for his tattoos and populist message lost a congressional race to a Republican this month.

Ojeda, who is of Mexican descent, was elected to the West Virginia senate in 2016 and became a champion of teachers during their fight for better pay and benefits. He sponsored successful legislation to make medical marijuana legal, and has stressed health care and economic issues in a district reeling from lost coal jobs.

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