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MANTHOS ENDORSES KESSLER FOR WV GOVERNOR

David Manthos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Today, West Virginia State Senate candidate David Manthos endorsed State Senator Jeff Kessler in the West Virginia Gubernatorial contest. Manthos, a fellow Democrat, cited the Marshall County senator’s long career of public service, frank evaluation of the challenges ahead, and clear plans for the future of West Virginia.

“West Virginia needs a leader who is honest with them about the future of coal and the tough decisions facing the next governor of our great state,” said Manthos. “Senator Kessler has not shied away from the reality that coal will no longer be the primary economic driver in the state, or from the fact that some taxes and revenue will have to be raised to address the budget crisis and fix our infrastructure”.

Manthos also recognized that Kessler has made West Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a top priority, and is not afraid to talk about necessary reforms such as legalization of medical cannabis.

“I have meet all three Democratic candidates on multiple occasions and am convinced that Jeff Kessler has the right priorities and the clearest plan for West Virginia,” said Manthos. “We cannot afford to risk candidates who speak only in vague generalities, who shy away from talking about the tough fiscal choices that will face the next Governor, or who have unrealistic notions about the future of coal.”

Manthos, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the West Virginia State Senate in the 16th District, is running on a platform of broadband expansion, expanding community health resources, supporting local agriculture and food, campaign finance reform, and community service.

Manthos and Kessler are both seeking the nomination of the West Virginia Democratic Party in contested primaries which will be decided on May 10, 2016 (with early voting running from April 27 to May 7).

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Full PDF of the release can be found here. 

Manthos Calls on WV Senate Candidates to Condemn Smear

David Manthos

In response to an anonymous smear campaign being orchestrated against a Republican candidate for the WV State Senate - 16th District - Democratic candidate David Manthos has issued a public call for all Senate candidates to join him in condemning the attacks, and to publicly sign on to the WV Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

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Jefferson County Farmers Support Manthos for Senate

David Manthos

David's and my paths for bettering our world, starting with our local communities, are both about sustainability. Powering and empowering ourselves through clean, green energies. A draft horse on my path, and with solar power and advanced technologies on David's path.

 – Lars Prillaman, Green Gate Farm

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MANTHOS ENDORSES SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT

David Manthos

Noting Sanders’ years of service to the rural state of Vermont, opposition to the Iraq War in spite of immense pressure, leadership as chair of the Senate Veterans Committee and chief negotiator of the 2015 Veteran’s CHOICE Act, and his history of activism for labor and racial equality, Manthos said Sanders should be West Virginia’s first choice for the White House.

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Whistle-Stop for Local Food

David Manthos

Join us Sunday, March 6, from 3-5 pm at the Shepherdstown Train Station for a fundraiser celebrating local food and those who grow it. Join WV Senate candidate David Manthos for afternoon honoring the role that local food can play in building healthier and more prosperous communities in West Virginia. Enjoy award-winning pork from Creekside Farms, locally-raised and prepared greens, sides, and desert from Shepherdstown restaurants, and locally-brewed beer from Antietam Brewery

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Appalachian by Birth, Mountaineer by Choice

David Manthos

My vision for West Virginia draws on the best of our region, with a deep knowledge of the problems facing the state as a whole. Constituents far from their Capitol often complain that the legislature doesn't understand their needs or listen to their concerns. I submit to you that is exactly why you should send someone to Charleston who understand the needs and issues facing all of West Virginia. 

I am running because our state is gripped with a public health crisis of epidemic proportions, and we need to unite our communities around fighting the scourge of substance abuse and unhealthy environments.

I am running because I know the Mountain State could be a haven for tourism, arts, and agriculture –but not while rivers run orange with mine waste and our digital connection to the global marketplace is nonexistent or barely functional.

I am running because after decades of talk, partisan rhetoric, and "business as usual", we are still scratching in the dust when we should be reaching for the heavens. 

I am Appalachian by birth, but a Mountaineer by choice. 

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Full #STEAM Ahead – Manthos Urges YES on Levy

David Manthos

The future of education and the outlook for our 21st century workforce has never been more promising, or more daunting. As a Jefferson County resident and homeowner, I wholeheartedly urge my fellow citizens to vote on Dec. 12 to renew the Excess Levy – for our children, for our teachers, for our libraries, and for our future.

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WV Congressman Distorts Pope's Message

David Manthos

Misrepresenting the Pope has to be a new low, but our representative in Congress, Rep. Alex Mooney of Charles Town (WV 2 - R), did just that with his weekly email update to constituents.  Referencing Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress, Mooney illustrated the email with a photo and quote “It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb. – Pope Francis”.  The email also editorialized that the Holy Father “highlighted the important of upholding traditional family values, protecting the sanctity of life, and standing up for freedom.”

Screenshot from constituent email update from Rep. Alex X. Mooney, (WV 2 - R).

Screenshot from constituent email update from Rep. Alex X. Mooney, (WV 2 - R).

To read this without context you might think the world’s first Pope from the Americas is singing in perfect tune with GOP talking points, but if you have read anything about Pope Francis, you know there must be more than meets the eye.

While it is true that the quote in question did come from the Pope and does reflect Catholic teaching, it had nothing to do with the pope’s visit to the US. It was, in fact, a tweet posted to Twitter over two years ago on May 15, 2013. Perhaps Congressman Mooney couldn’t find a more current quote to use because when Francis addressed the “sanctity of life” on Thursday he said nothing explicitly about the unborn, but instead chose to appeal for an end to the death penalty. Why might this be uncomfortable for an allegedly pro-life Catholic like Mooney? Perhaps because in 2007 as a state senator in Maryland he nearly singlehandedly delayed abolition of the death penalty by six years, saying “Regrettably, the only way to stop some people from continuing to kill is to resort to the death penalty.” (Capital News Service, March 16, 2007)

What did Pope Francis actually say on the sanctity of human life? 

" The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation." - Pope Francis, Sept. 24, 2015

He then proceeded to "dialogue" about Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, advocate for the poor, and controversial figure on account of having had an abortion in her early twenties before becoming Catholic. 

Now to be clear, Papa Francisco did touch on "family values, sanctity of life, and freedom" in his historic address, but these were not the central points of his carefully crafted message to a divided Congress. I could tell you that I thought Francis focused on justice and care for the poor through the lens of immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, desperately needed action on climate change, and ending religious extremism, but don’t take my word for it. You should read or watch it for yourself. We would all do well to listen to what Pope Francis is trying to tell us, instead of picking and choosing the message we want to hear. 

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David Manthos announces bid for West Virginia Senate seat

David Manthos

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., Sept. 17, 2015 – David Manthos, of Charles Town, West Virginia, announces his bid for the open seat in the West Virginia Senate’s 16th district. The seat is being vacated by Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson. Manthos, who serves as outreach and communications director for a locally based nonprofit organization and as president of the Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats, identifies technology and mental health as key issues in his campaign.

“West Virginia has been languishing for decades at the bottom of nearly every list measuring health and prosperity, and our state’s resistance to change is undermining our ability to fix problems now and prepare for the future,” Manthos said. “The Eastern Panhandle can be a bridge to economic prosperity for all of West Virginia, but we are held back when nearly three-quarters of our population do not have broadband Internet access. We also lack adequate mental health and rehabilitation resources to address the epidemic of substance abuse.”

Manthos is a geographer, technologist and community organizer, and together with his wife Vaida, is active in a wide range of civic and community organizations across Jefferson and Berkeley counties. In addition to the Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats, he sits on the board of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown and works to alleviate poverty in Jefferson County through the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Shepherdstown. Manthos is a member of the Berkeley and Jefferson County Democratic Associations, and in May was appointed to the board of the Jefferson County Development Authority by a unanimous vote of the Jefferson County Commission.

“There are many challenges facing Jefferson and Berkeley counties, but I look forward to hearing from the voters of the 16th district and sharing my vision with them,” Manthos said.

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