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).
Full PDF of the release can be found here.