Campaign Trails: Final endorsements made ahead of primary

May 8, 2018 GMT

Business leaders endorse Miller

HUNTINGTON — Carol Miller, a candidate for West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District seat, has received endorsements from the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce for her commitment to growing the economy and creating jobs.

West Virginia Chamber President Steve Roberts said “Miller has maintained a nearly flawless record on advancing legislation that promotes job creation and economic development.”

Her list of endorsements also includes local elected officials and community leaders as well as national groups such as Winning for Women and the pro-life advocacy leader Susan B. Anthony List.

“As a bison farmer and small business owner, I’m honored to receive the support of both the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce as well as my local Chamber of Commerce in Huntington,” said Miller. “I’m ready to take the fight for West Virginia’s small businesses to Washington.”

Miller will face off in the May 8 primary against Conrad Lucas, Rupert Phillips Jr., Ayne Amjad, Marty Gearheart, Phillip Payton and Rick Snuffer.

Collinsworth earns endorsement of Laborers Local 83

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The Portsmouth, Ohio, Laborers Union Local 83 endorsed Ohio 90th District State Representative candidate Gina Collinsworth for the May 8 primary election.

“We are proud to support Gina Collinsworth,” Local 83 President Jim McGraw said in a news release. “Our members know she will stand up for workers. Gina is focused on economic development and quality of life issues that will be good for families. She is a positive and experienced leader for southern Ohio, with new ideas to help move our area forward.”

Collinsworth said her platform is focused on collaboration to work together and move the 90th District forward.

“My family is full of union members of many years, working in the building and construction industry,” she said. “I support the Local’s emphasis on 21st century job skills training and supporting economic opportunities in our community, as well as the commitment to quality improvement on job sites.”

Local 83, based in Portsmouth, represents more than 600 members. McGraw said members are committed to be the “best-trained, experienced and most reliable work force possible.”

WV Trump delegates endorse Jenkins

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Trump delegates and Trump supporters have endorsed Rep. Evan Jenkins as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

“Evan supported President Trump since the very beginning, and I know he’s got the President’s back,” said Vic Sprouse, a 2016 West Virginia Trump delegate. “Evan, like all of us here, supports our President 100% and that’s why we need him to help Trump drain the swamp.”

Also in attendance was Trump supporter Doug Killen, who said, “President Trump is doing everything he can to help us, but he can’t do it all by himself. We need to elect a senator who will support our President instead of a senator who stands in his way, and Evan is the only person I trust to do that.”

West Virginia Trump delegates endorsing Jenkins also include Anne Dandelet, Kevin Honaker and Mike Snelling.

In the 2016 primary election, Rep. Jenkins endorsed Donald Trump and voted for him in both the primary and general election. Jenkins says he is the only candidate in the race for United States Senate to do so.

Jenkins faces Patrick Morrisey, Tom Willis, Don Blankenship, Bo Copley and Jack Newbrough in the May 8 primary.

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