by Ron Gregory
HUNTINGTON – The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (HuntPAC) has endorsed Republican Carol Miller for House of Representatives from the Third Congressional District.
“Carol Miller has the ability and experience to represent the people of the Third District and will be a great addition to our congressional delegation,” said Bill Bissett, President & CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber. “Now is a time when we need level-headed leaders who can work on behalf of both employers and employees in a civil and thoughtful way. Throughout her career, Carol Miller has distinguished herself as a leader in our state legislature as well as within the Huntington community. Given our current opportunities and challenges, Carol Miller is the right person to represent us in the house.”
Miller is being challenged by Democrat State Senator Richard Ojeda for the seat now held by Republican Evan Jenkins. Jenkins ran for U.S. Senate in the May primary and lost to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Recently, Jenkins applied for appointment as a supreme court justice and also filed to run for the court in November. He chose to remain in congress, however, while running for the non-partisan court position.
Bissett said, “efforts were made to communicate or meet with … Ojeda, without response from his campaign. As the largest business organization in West Virginia’s Third District, and our history of endorsing candidates of both political parties, this lack of response from his campaign makes consideration of an endorsement by our chamber impossible.”
Ojeda campaigned for state senate and for congress on a theme of openness and transparency. Detractors have long pointed out his subsequent refusal to respond to what he considers “hostile” questions. Ojeda also blocks those who disagree with him from viewing his social media pages.
The general elected is set for November 6. For more information about the process or registering to vote, visit the secretary of state’s website at www.wvsos.com.