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At his first State of the State address, in 2017, Gov. Jim Justice brought an ax and tackle box, explaining that he had met an older woman along a Wyoming County roadside selling anything she could to get by.

This was also my first State of the State after being elected to the House of Delegates, and I was awestruck to watch the address in person that I had seen for years on TV. I remember well the governor’s revelation that “I carry the tackle box and ax every day. I can’t stand how good we are and how troubled we are and how many people are hurting.”

Chad Lovejoy, D-Cabell, represents the 17th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

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