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Business group announces endorsements

The West Virginia Business and Industry Council has announced its endorsements in the November general election.

The group, comprised of more than 60 West Virginia trade associations and businesses representing more than 395,000 employees, supports a total of 77 candidates — 11 running for state Senate and 66 vying for a seat in the House of Delegates.

“All these individuals support job development, infrastructure improvement, legal fairness and fiscal responsibility — the main items West Virginia’s business community believes will move the state forward,” said Business and Industry Council Chairman Chris Hamilton. “They are champions of ideas to improve the state’s economy and social well-being. We hope constituents across the state will elect them to office in the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 4.”

In the race to represent Kanawha County in the Senate, Business and Industry Council has endorsed Republican Ed Gaunch. Gaunch is running in the 8th district to replace Sen. Erik Wells, a Democrat. For House of Delegates, Business and Industry Council is supporting Republican incumbents J.B. McCuskey and Eric Nelson and newcomer Chris Stansbury in the 35th district. Brad White and Charles Minimah, both Republicans earned the endorsement in the 36th and 37th districts, respectively, while incumbents Ron Walters and Tim Armstead get the nod in the 39th and 40th districts. Armstead, who serves as House Minority Leader, is unopposed in his race.

Hamilton said Business and Industry Council is continuing to host regional meetings across the state through October, and the organization may add more endorsements as the election draws closer.

The list of endorsements is available online at

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