CHARLESTON -– West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals candidate Allen Loughry has received the endorsements of The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and The West Virginian Coal Association for the 2012 General Election.

“We believe you have a history of working hard to move West Virginia forward,” said Steve Roberts, president, West Virginia Chamber Political Action Committee. “The WV Chamber PAC is pleased to support your candidacy for Supreme Court.”

“This election is extremely important to the state’s coal industry,” said Chris Hamilton, Co-Chair of West Virginians for Coal. “We appreciate your work for the state’s energy and extractive programs and look forward to working with you on future energy and coal programs.”

“I am pleased and honored to accept the endorsement of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and West Virginia Coal Association,” said Loughry. “These endorsements reflect the courage of its members to seek positive change in the State’s business and industry climate and its confidence in my candidacy.”

“I am humbled to know that, as the leading trade organizations for our State’s business community, the Chamber and Coal Association believe that I will provide the fairness and impartiality that all West Virginia businesses and private citizens deserve.”

Loughry has been a lawyer for the West Virginia Supreme Court for the past nine years. He has four law degrees from American University, University of London and Capital University. He also studied law at Oxford University. Prior to working at the Supreme Court, Loughry practiced law as a Senior Assistant Attorney General arguing cases at all levels of the state and federal system including arguing more than 20 cases before the state's high court.

Loughry is the author of "Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide," a book detailing political corruption in West Virginia.

During his career, Loughry has served as a Special Prosecuting Attorney, Assistant County Prosecutor, Direct Aide to Gov. Gaston Caperton, Senior Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant to a Congressman. He also has worked with more than 20 Supreme Court justices at both the Ohio and West Virginia supreme courts.

Loughry is a lifelong West Virginia resident and native of Tucker County. He and his wife, Kelly, reside in Charleston with their son, Justus.

For more information, visit www.AllenLoughry.com.

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