State Chamber PAC makes statewide, legislative endorsements

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 4, 2016

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has released its list of endorsement for statewide and legislative races.

In the statewide races, the Chamber PAC is backing the Republican candidates for governor (Bill Cole), attorney general (incumbent Patrick Morrisey), secretary of state (Mac Warner), auditor (J.B. McKuskey) and treasurer (Ann Urling).

"Bill Cole works tirelessly to promote job creation and economic development in West Virginia," West Virginia Chamber President Steve Roberts said. "Under his leadership (as state Senate president), the West Virginia Legislature has begun the most comprehensive series of job creation reforms in a lifetime.

"His leadership in the governor’s office will allow West Virginia to embark on a new era fueled by Bill Cole’s energy, enthusiasm and expertise.”

Below is the list of the Chamber PAC's legislative endorsements (party affiliation in parentheses, followed by the district):

WEST VIRGINIA SENATE

Ryan Weld (R) – 1st District

Michael Maroney (R) – 2nd District

Donna Boley (R) – 3rd District

Mike Azinger (R) – 3rd District Special Election

Mitch Carmichael (R) – 4th District

Bob Plymale (D) – 5th District

Chandler Swope (R) – 6th District

Jordan Ray Bridges (R) – 7th District

Chris Walters (R) – 8th District

Sue Cline (R) – 9th District

Kenny Mann (R) – 10th District

Greg Boso (R) – 11th District

Randy Smith (R) – 14th District

Craig Blair (R) – 15th District

Patricia Rucker (R) – 16th District

WEST VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Mark Zatezalo (R) – 1st District

Erikka Storch (R) – 3rd District

Scott Reed (R) – 3rd District

David Evans (R) – 4th District

Jason Harshbarger (R) – 7th District

Bill Anderson (R) – 8th District

Frank Deem (R) – 10th District

John Kelly (R) – 10th District

Martin Atkinson (R) – 11th District

Steve Westfall (R) – 12th District

Jim Butler (R) – 14th District

Geoff Foster (R) – 15th District

Carol Miller (R) – 16th District

Chuck Romine (R) – 16th District

Matt Rohrbach (R) – 17th District

Kelli Sobonya (R) – 18th District

Michel Moffat (R) – 22nd District

Rupie Phillips (D) – 24th District

John Shott (R) – 27th District

Marty Gearheart (R) – 27th District

Joe Ellington (R) – 27th District

John O’Neal (R) – 28th District

Roy Cooper (R) – 28th District

Lynne Arvon (R) – 31st District

Kayla Kessinger (R) – 32nd District

Roger Hanshaw (R) – 33rd District

Eric Nelson (R) – 35th District

Charlotte Lane (R) – 35th District

Moore Capito (R) – 35th District

Keith Pauley (R) – 35th District

Brad White (R) – 36th District

Chelsea Walker-Gaskins (R) – 36th District

Nancy Reagan Foster (R) – 38th District

Ron Walters (R) – 39th District

Tim Armstead (R) – 40th District

Jordan Hill (R) – 41st District

Boogie Ambler (R) – 42nd District

Patrick S. Martin (R) – 46th District

Danny Wagner (R) – 47th District

Danny Hamrick (R) – 48th District

Terry Waxman (R) – 48th District

Ben Queen (R) – 48th District

Amy Summers (R) – 49th District

Cindy Frich (R) – 51st District

Joe Statler (R) – 51st District

Terri Funk Sypolt (R) – 52nd District

Gary Howell (R) – 56th District

Ruth Rowan (R) – 57th District

Daryl Cowles (R) – 58th District

Saira Blair (R) – 59th District

John Overington (R) – 62nd District

Eric Householder (R) – 64th District

Jill Upson (R) – 65th District

Paul Espinosa (R) – 66th District

Riley Moore (R) – 67th District

The Chamber PAC is the political arm of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, which is the state’s leading association of employers whose priority is job creation and economic development. Chamber members employ over half of West Virginia’s workforce.

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