Charlotte Pritt

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Charlotte Pritt
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 17th district
In office
Preceded by Tod Kaufman
Succeeded by Martha Yeager Walker
Personal details
Born (1949-06-06) June 6, 1949 (age 68)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic (Before 2012)
Mountain (2012–present)
Alma mater Marshall University

Charlotte Pritt (born January 2, 1949) is an 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 for governor in 1992, 1996, and once again for 2016.


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.[1][2][3]

Gubernatorial campaigns[edit]


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. Her campaigns in 1992 and 1996 were grassroots campaigns.


Pritt ran as a Democrat for governor and beat Joe Manchin in the primary. Due to Manchin founding a group called "Democrats for Underwood," Pritt lost narrowly in the general election, but made history as the first woman to secure the West Virginia gubernatorial nomination of either of the two major political parties.


She was nominated as the Mountain Party's candidate for West Virginia governor on July 16, 2016, at the party's convention.[4] She came in third place in the general election, receiving nearly 6% of the vote, behind winner Jim Justice and Bill Cole.

Mountain Party[edit]

From 2012 to 2014, she was Chairwoman of the Mountain Party[5][6] which is the West Virginia Green Party state branch affiliate.

Personal life[edit]

Today, she is the president of Better Balance, a West Virginia-based educational and wellness consulting firm.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Back in the Statehouse After 4 Decades Away". The New York Times. 10 December 1996. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Mountain Party Drafts Charlotte Pritt for Governor - Mountain Party WV". 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "| Pritt named chairwoman of Mountain Party". 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Gaston Caperton
Democratic nominee for Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
Bob Wise
Preceded by
Jesse Johnson
Mountain Party nominee for Governor of West Virginia
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