CHARLESTON -- The Chamber PAC, the political action committee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, has announced its endorsement of the candidacy of Earl Ray Tomblin for Governor of West Virginia.

In making the announcement, The Chamber PAC said it was proud and honored to have endorsed both Tomblin and Republican challenger Bill Maloney in the primary election. The PAC found close similarities with the two candidates on important issues such as lower taxes, job creation, the development of Marcellus Shale regulations and others.

However, for the general election on Oct. 4, the PAC committee made its decision based on Tomblin's experience, leadership and ability to work with the Legislature.

"During his 30-plus years in the Legislature, Governor Tomblin has a solid record of working to create jobs for West Virginians," said Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. "He has led efforts to reform medical malpractice, privatize workers' compensation, reduce taxes, advance energy development, support the creation of an intermediate appellant court and aggressively pursue fairness in jobs-related state regulations.

"The committee had a challenging decision to choose between the two candidates, but after carefully weighing all the facts, the committee chose Governor Tomblin and his outstanding record of accomplishment and leadership."

The Chamber PAC is the political action arm of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a solutions-based organization working to advance policies and programs that will spur economic growth, increase employment opportunities, enhance the state's business climate and improve the well-being of all West Virginians.

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