Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


November 4, 2012

Decision 2012

Critical decisions await voters

— — Voters across southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia face critical decisions Tuesday in an election that represents a significant turning point for our nation.

In fact, we believe this is one of the most important elections in recent history. After four years of continued economic turmoil and hardship, a senseless war on coal that has impacted thousands of families across the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia, and mounting job losses right here in Mercer County, the stakes couldn’t be higher for voters when they travel to the polls on Tuesday.

The editorial board of the Daily Telegraph has spent the last month interviewing candidates on both the local, state and federal level. We have made a number of endorsements based upon the candidates who we think will best serve our nation, state and region. Our endorsements include:

• President of the United States, Republican Mitt Romney.

• U.S. Senate Virginia, Republican George Allen

• U.S. Senate West Virginia, Democrat Joe Manchin

• U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District, Republican Rick Snuffer

• U.S. House of Representatives, 9th Congressional District, Republican Morgan Griffith

• West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Democrats Robin Davis and Letitia “Tish” Chafin.

• Governor of West Virginia, Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin

• Mercer County Commission, Republican Gene Buckner

• West Virginia House, District 27, Republicans John Shott and Marty Gearheart, and Democrat Ryan Flanigan

• West Virginia Senate District 6, Republican Bill Cole.

• Mayor, town of Bluefield, Va., Don Harris

There is no question we need change in America, and right here in southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia. That change must begin at the top of the ballot with the election of Mitt Romney as our new president, and must continue all the way to the bottom of the ticket with the election of Gene Buckner as a new and aggressive commissioner for Mercer County.

When things aren’t working, we must be willing to make changes. That change must begin in Washington with the selection of a new president who will embrace coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels. A president who will bring an end to this shameful war on coal.

It’s no secret that the presidential election is going to be close. Many polls show a race that is essentially tied. That’s why every single vote cast in the presidential election will count. Not only in the battleground state of Virginia, but also in the Mountain State.

We also need change on the local level. And that starts with the Mercer County Commission. For far too long we’ve had an ineffective commission that has allowed our county to fall behind. Gene Buckner will be an aggressive commissioner who will fight for jobs, a county administrator and openness in county government.

We encourage all voters to follow our endorsements Tuesday. But above all, please vote. There is too much at stake Tuesday not to cast a ballot.


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