Charleston Chamber releases general election endorsements


USFlagThe Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce has released its endorsements for the Nov. 4 general election.

“The Charleston Regional of Chamber of Commerce speaks out for the policies and reforms that create jobs, enhance our community and invest in people,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Basile. “Central to our mission is endorsing candidates who share our vision for economic growth and opportunity for the citizens of the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia.”

In considering endorsements, the Chamber seeks to identify candidates who: advocate policies that create high value jobs for West Virginia; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; work with the Chamber on economic development public policy; and work to attract and keep young people to West Virginia.

As part of the endorsement process, the Chamber also 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.

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses the following candidates in the Nov. 4 general election:

U.S. Senate
Shelley Moore Capito (R)

U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District

Nick Casey (D)

WV Senate 8th District

Erik Wells (D)

WV Senate 17th District

Doug Skaff, Jr. (D)

WV House of Delegates 35th District

John McCuskey (R)
Eric Nelson (R)

WV House of Delegates 37th District
Mike Pushkin (D)

WV House of Delegates 39th District

Ron Walters (R)

WV House of Delegates 40th District
Tim Armstead (R)

Library Levy
Charleston Chamber encourages support of the Library Levy. Please note that the library levy is on the back of the ballot

“By endorsing a candidate, the Charleston Chamber believes that he or she will be a strong and effective partner on policies to advance Kanawha County and West Virginia. It does not mean that we agree with or endorse every position held by the candidate,” said Chamber President Matt Ballard.  “We will pursue constructive dialogue with all candidates — those we endorsed and those who did not receive our endorsement in this particular election — on meaningful solutions to the challenges facing our region and state.”