Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 5, 2013

Cast a ballot today in Va.

— — If you live in Virginia, it is imperative that you cast a ballot today. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Two distinctively different candidates  — Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe — are vying for the state’s top job in Virginia’s closely watched gubernatorial race.

The outcome of today’s contest could have direct ramifications upon the coalfields of Southwest Virginia as McAuliffe is openly supporting President Barack Obama’s crippling new EPA regulations that would limit carbon emissions from gas- or coal-fired power plants. Cuccinelli, in return, has not only campaigned in support of coal and coal miners, he’s also taken the federal Environmental Protection Agency to court as the state’s attorney general.

Both men are hoping to succeed outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell in today’s general election.

But beyond the gubernatorial contest, a number of state and county races also will be decided today across Southwest Virginia, including contested races in Tazewell, Bland and Giles counties. The 3rd Legislative District race between incumbent Delegate James W. “Will” Morefield, R-Tazewell, and Democrat James M. O’Quinn also will be on today’s ballot.

Today’s contest is an important election. But voter turnout is expected to be light. We hope that isn’t the case in Southwest Virginia. If you support coal, and are concerned about the future of the industry that has defined our region for more than a century, it is then imperative that you cast a ballot today.

Let your voice be heard. Have a say in the future of Virginia — and the coalfields of Southwest Virginia — by casting a ballot today.

 

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