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|Member of the West Virginia Senate|
from the 17th district
December 1, 1988 – December 1, 1992
|Preceded by||Tod Kaufman|
|Succeeded by||Martha Yeager Walker|
|Born||June 6, 1949|
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (Before 2012)|
|Education||Marshall University (BA, MA)|
Charlotte Pritt (born January 2, 1949) is an American educator, businesswoman, and politician in the U.S. state of West Virginia. From 1984 to 1988, she served in the West Virginia House of Delegates. From 1988 to 1992, she served in the West Virginia State Senate. She ran unsuccessfully for West Virginia governor in 1992, 1996 and 2016 and for West Virginia Secretary of State in 2000.
Prior to entering politics, Pritt was a high school English teacher and a college professor. When elected to the West Virginia State Legislature, she directed two federal education grants and the National Writing Program in West Virginia.
Pritt ran for governor as a Democrat in the primary election in 1992, but lost to Gaston Caperton. She gained notoriety initially by challenging then-Governor Caperton on his grocery and gasoline taxes and opposition to collective bargaining. Pritt entered the race as a Democrat in 1992 after 100,000 people signed a petition. Caperton defeated Pritt in the primary, 42.68 to 34.65 percent. West Virginia attorney general Mario Palumbo came in third, with 20.1 percent.
After losing the Democratic primary to Caperton, Pritt refused to endorse her opponent and mounted an independent write-in bid for governor in the general election. She garnered 7.4 percent in the race, in which Caperton defeated Republican Cleve Benedict, 56 to 36.6 percent.
Pritt ran as a Democrat for governor and defeated Joe Manchin in the primary, 39.5 to 32.6 percent.
Pritt lost in the general election to Republican Cecil Underwood, 51.6 to 45.8 percent. She was the first woman to secure the West Virginia gubernatorial nomination of either of the two major political parties. A group, known as "Democrats for Underwood" consisted of some West Virginia Democratic officials who refused to back her in the general election.
Pritt ran for West Virginia Secretary of State in 2000, losing the Democratic primary to Manchin, 51.1 to 28.9 percent.
She was nominated as the Mountain Party's candidate for West Virginia governor on July 16, 2016, at the party's convention. She came in third place in the general election, receiving nearly 6% of the vote, behind winner Jim Justice and Bill Cole.
Today, she is the president of Better Balance, a West Virginia-based educational and wellness consulting firm.
|Nonpartisan||Charlotte Pritt (write-in)||48,873||7.43|
|Democratic||Bobbie Edward Myers||3,038||0.92|
|Democratic||Bob Henry Baber||1,456||0.44|
|Democratic||Louis J. Davis||1,351||0.41|
|Democratic||Richard E. Koon||1,154||0.35|
|Republican||Cecil H. Underwood||324,518||51.63|
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- "Back in the Statehouse After 4 Decades Away". The New York Times. 10 December 1996.
- "Mountain Party Drafts Charlotte Pritt for Governor - Mountain Party WV". 27 July 2016.
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- "WV Secretary of State - D Primary 2000". Our Campaigns. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- "Statewide Results General Election November 8, 2016". West Virginia Secretary of State. State of West Virginia. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for Governor of West Virginia
| Mountain Party nominee for Governor of West Virginia