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Capito announces coalition for women

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, is announcing today the Women with Shelley coalition.

The Capito campaign is bringing together women from across the state who support Capito, who is vying for a U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Capito faces Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in the November election.

The group will gather today at Charleston Town Center Marriott to talk about issues important to women, such as jobs, the economy and education. It is the first of several Women with Shelley events to be held around the state in coming days.

Lynne Fruth, owner of Hurricane-based Fruth Pharmacy, said she supports Capito because of her record on helping small business.

“West Virginia women deserve a leader like Shelley Moore Capito in the Senate,” Fruth said in a statement from the Capito campaign. “As a woman and a business owner I support Shelley because she has been very supportive of creating an environment where small businesses can thrive and provide more job opportunities for West Virginians.

“The economy and the lack of jobs really are two of the biggest issues facing women in this state and Shelley understands that. She has a proven record of leadership and we can trust her to fight for us in the Senate.”

Women currently hold 99, or 18.5 percent, of seats in Congress, including 79 in the U.S. House of Representatives. No matter who wins the November race, West Virginia is poised to send a woman to the U.S. Senate for the first time in state history.

Since her election to the U.S. House in 2000, Capito said she has fought on behalf of women, including stay-at-home-moms and veterans. That includes speaking out against what she calls President Barack Obama’s overreaching economic and environmental policies.

“West Virginia women are concerned about the availability of good jobs for themselves and their families,” she said. “They are worried about the war on coal wreaking havoc on our economy. And they are fearful that Obamacare will mean higher prices and dropped doctors. The harmful policies of President Obama and his allies are hitting women in this state the hardest.

“I’m running for Senate not only to stop people like Harry Reid from blocking progress on these issues,” she said. “I’m running so that we can advance the important work on behalf of women that I’ve fought for in the House. Whether it’s providing more flexibility for working families, giving stay at home moms access to credit and the resources they need to thrive or ensuring our military women and veterans are taken care — this election is about making sure West Virginia women have a strong voice standing up for them in the Senate.”

The event is planned for noon today at the Marriott, and the Capito campaign will announce future events as they’re scheduled.

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