West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, former state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Callaghan, Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis and Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallLikely W.Va. Senate GOP rivals spar in radio appearances West Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth MORE (D-W.Va.) have all said they're considering a run, and a top Democratic recruit, former Sen. Carte Goodwin, has not ruled it out.

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Baxter served as CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a global law firm with administrative offices in Wheeling, W.Va. While the News-Register reports Baxter travels to the firm's offices across the nation and the globe, his office is in New York and he grew up in California, which could open him up to charges from Republicans that he's opportunistically moving to the state to pursue a Senate seat, and doesn't truly live there.

However, he told the paper he's looking forward to moving his family to Wheeling in the coming year, and plans to meet with students, parents and teachers across the state and get further involved with the West Virginia Education Alliance.

"It will be part of what I bring to the table at the West Virginia Education Alliance," Baxter said. "But the real reason to do this is to prepare me to do something — something to give back to my state. I go at this not knowing what that will be."