MADISON, W.Va – Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Justice came to visit southern West Virginia Monday, October 24 just 15 days from the election on Tuesday, November 8.
The event was originally to be held at the Memorial Building in Madison; however those planning the event realized the space was too small for the crowd and moved it next door to the Madison Civic Center.
Before Justice addressed the crowd local candidates introduced themselves and reminded voters of the offices for which they are running.
When Justice took center stage he spoke to the crowd as if he were talking to a group of family and friends.
According to Justice’s website, “Jim’s foundation is simple. He first has a sincere commitment to the good lord, second his family, next are his employees and then his strong involvement with young people. He believes that we as people know the difference between right and wrong and we have gotten too far away from those simple principles.”
Justice stated, “I am not running for the purpose of money.”
With coal being on the minds of so many in southern West Virginia, Justice talked about it several times while speaking to the crowd.
Justice said, “We have limitless opportunities beyond coal, but I don’t really think by any stretch of the imagination that coal is dead.”
Justice told the crowd that the people of West Virginia are its best resource.
However, he believes the families of West Virginia are fragmented due to the loss of jobs in our state and families having to move away from the area.
“I will give you everything I’ve got,” said Justice. “I want goodness for West Virginia forever.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]