Early voting kicks off today for the Oct. 4 general election for governor.

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors endorses Earl Ray Tomblin for governor in West Virginia’s general election.

“Earl Ray Tomblin is a strong and effective leader.  As governor, he has – and will continue to – create jobs and lower taxes to benefit the Kanawha  Valley and West Virginia,“ said Chamber Chairman Mike Basile “His vast experience in government and private business makes him an ideal choice to lead our state.”

“Through his leadership in the West Virginia Senate – and now as governor – he has played a major role in molding policy that has produced the strong fiscal state that West Virginia presently enjoys,” Basile said. “This has led to the reduction of the food tax, business franchise tax and corporate net income taxes.”

As part of the endorsement process, the Chamber considers a candidate’s effectiveness as a political, business or community leader, and whether he or she is accessible and receptive to the Chamber and the views of the local business community.

“Our mission is to endorse candidates who share our vision for economic growth and opportunity for our citizens,“ said Chamber President Matt Ballard. “I have worked closely with Governor Tomblin in several capacities. I know he loves West Virginia and has the political and business acumen to lead our entire state through these tough economic times.”

The Chamber speaks out for the policies and reforms that help create jobs, promote government efficiency, stimulate growth for communities and enhance the overall quality of life for West Virginians. It represents more than 600 businesses and their 40,000 employees.

Early voting ends on Oct. 1.

For more information on the election, visit the Secretary of State’s website. Public employees please disregard.



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