Kolenich for Governor
At no time in recent history have the guiding principles of our leaders been more obvious.
We often hear in the classroom that America was founded as a free republic where only the people are the masters of their fate. Modern politicians repeat tired cliches about “freedom” and “liberty” while doing all they can to usurp all authority.
We believe 2020 is a unique year in our history. While the deadly Covid-19 virus is running its course, this is a time that tests the values of America and its leaders.
At a time such as this, we believe, West Virginia deserves a governor guided by the nation’s founding principles — not the urge to be all-powerful. West Virginia needs a true Libertarian. We recommend Libertarian Erika Kolenich for Governor this November.
We often hear veteran politicians urge us to “think outside the box.” If ever there was a time to do that, it’s the 2020 Governor’s contest.
Erika Kolenich, the Libertarian Party candidate, is a fresh voice who would lead the state forward by promoting the freedom the old voices speak of but do not recognize. A good leader is also a good listener. Kolenich will hear her constituents and allow THEM to make decisions.
Kolenich, a successful Buckhannon attorney, could go far in the traditional two party system. But, as a true leader, she has chosen the road less traveled by in seeking the governorship. We commend her for her courage.
One of Kolenich’s favorite quotes adequately sums up her philosophy. “Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others,” William Allen White once said.
It was true when he said it and just as true today.
We are disturbed by the actions of the Republican incumbent during the current Covid crisis. Governor Jim Justice assumed the role of a tyrannical dictator and has had little opposition from legislators or the public in governing like a tyrant for months now. The tyranny must end.
Despite the recommendation of President Donald Trump, who we support enthusiastically, we cannot endorse Justice for another term.
The Democrat, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, seems like a nice fellow . Touting building a Kanawha soccer complex while the average West Virginia struggles to put food on the table may show a candidate who is out of touch with average voters, however.
Regardless, Salango has short-term experience in public office. Over time, he may prove to be an outstanding choice — but not now.
Kolenich was raised in West Virginia, the daughter of small business entrepreneurs. They taught her work ethic and personal responsibility at an early age. She graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1997.
While attending high school, she was a member of the band and frequently participated in extracurricular events such as theatre and Youth in Government. She is uniquely qualified in this race to understand the values and needs of the people.
Following law school graduation and the passage of both the Ohio and West Virginia bar exams, Kolenich returned to West Virginia and worked at a litigation law firm in Wheeling. Shortly thereafter, she made the move to open her own practice in Buckhannon, where she is now the managing member of Klie Law Offices, PLLC. She has devoted her legal career to representing West Virginians and will REPRESENT not RULE us at the Statehouse.
She supports the freedom of West Virginians by endorsing the platform of the Libertarian Party. It’s safe to say that a Governor Kolenich would not attempt to rule the state by executive order.
Kolenich’s extensive public service with community and civic groups demonstrates that she is, indeed, a “people person.”
Write-in Independent Delegate S. Marshall Wilson is a solid conservative. But no write-in campaign will be successful and his “movement” is an exercise in futility. Kolenich will appear on the ballot as will another good candidate, Mountain Partier Daniel Lutz.
Kolenich is more in tune with our values and those of Mountain State residents than Lutz, however.
For all of these reasons, we urge readers to sound a real signal in the governor’s race. Retake your freedom and give your vote to Erika Kolenich on November 3.