Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 2/5/1967 (Santa Monica, CA) Race: White Religion: Roman Catholic Residence: Charleston, WV Education: BA in Political Science from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA; MA in Corporate and Organizational Communications from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV Occupation: Media Consultant Office Type:U.S. House -- West Virginia District 2
Quarterly Campaign Finance Information
Cash on Hand: $8,956
Total Receipts: $21,516
Total Disbursements: $12,560
Date of Last Report: 6/30/2004
Erik Well was born in California and spent his youth there and in southern Pennslyvania.
He received his bachelor's degree in political science at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and a master's degree in corporate and organizational communications from West Virginia University.
Wells worked as a television anchor with WCHS-TV in Charleston later for WBOY-TV in Clarksburg. He has filed a lawsuit against his last employer and its owner, West Virginia Media Holdings, over his August 2003 departure from that job.
Wells is married to Natalie Tennant, who was also a WBOY-TV anchor when she took unpaid leave in August 2003 to run for secretary of state. A Democrat like Wells, Tennant lost in the May 11 primary. They have one daughter.
Tennant and Wells are living on their savings and have formed their own media consulting company, Wells Media Group.
Wells is also a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve.
This is the first political campaign for Erik Wells. He won 54 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, while Chris Turman of Moorefield and Howard Swint of Charleston tallied 29 percent and 17 percent, respectively.