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Salango, Petsonk endorsed by United Mine Workers of America

August 5, 2020 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America has endorsed Democratic candidate for governor Ben Salango and Democratic candidate for attorney general Sam Petsonk.

Salango, who is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Justice, said he was humbled to receive the endorsement on Tuesday. United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts said Salango is the “clear choice” for governor.

“His family has UMWA roots and he understands the critical importance of the coal industry to West Virginia,” Roberts said in a statement.

Petsonk is running against Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in November. Petsonk had interned for the United Mine Workers of America, and as a lawyer, he has focused on workplace safety, retirement benefits for coal miners and other labor issues.