Gregory’s Web brief
by Ron Gregory
Although the coronavirus threat has created havoc with campaign events throughout West Virginia, some key endorsements are still moving forward.
The 16th House District campaign of Democrat Dakota Nelson is celebrating two major endorsements. The AFL/CIO and United Mine Workers of America’s political action committees have selected Nelson for their support.
I have noted here that Nelson was a formidable candidate in his run for this seat two years ago with virtually no endorsements. Since he spent the last months meeting with people and campaigning, I had labeled him a possible surprise winner this fall.
Now that is even more true. His hard work and dedication are noticeable and definitely paying off. He stands a real shot at winning in November.
Both organizations also endorsed incumbent Democrat Sean Hornbuckle. The AFL/CIO endorsed the third Democrat candidate, Carol Polan.
The 16th is currently dominated by Republicans. Incumbents Daniel Linville and John Mandt Jr. are seeking reelection.
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Meanwhile, hats off to Republican Amy Nichole Grady for getting the AFL/CIO endorsement in Senate District Four. That’s a rarity for a Republican in the Mountain State.
Grady’s common sense approach obviously helped her in a primary race where she is dueling two conservatives.
Delegate Jim Butler, one of her primary opponents, is farther to the right than Ted Cruz and Barry Goldwater wrapped together. The other, incumbent Senate President Mitch Carmichael, likely is moderate but must appear to be a right winger to hold off Butler.
I have said here before that the battle between Carmichael and Butler for the King of Conservatives title may just allow normal-minded people to slip Grady through to the nomination.
The union endorsement is clearly a big boost for Grady.
The two unions also endorsed Democrat Bruce Ashworth for the seat.
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There are many other interesting endorsements to share. I may dribble them out or talk about them all in a future column.
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