Pro-life group endorses candidates

July 24, 2018

WAYNE — West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee recently announced the endorsement of Republican Jason Stephens for District 7 of the West Virginia State Senate.

“We commend Jason Stephens for expressing commitment to the cause for life, especially to the unborn, the elderly, and those with disabilities,” said Dr. Wanda Franz, president of West Virginians for Life PAC, which is the internal PAC for West Virginians for Life, the state’s largest pro-life group.

“I’m very proud that a doctor and president of the WVFL PAC endorsed my candidacy,” Stephens said in a news release. “It’s because of my strong Christian and family beliefs and my pro-life stand.”

Stephens, who lives in Wayne County, said in the release he would vote completely against dismembering a fetus during an abortion.

On Nov. 6, Stephens will face incumbent District 7 State Senator Ron Stollings, a Democrat who was unopposed in the primary.

Cookout set for Sobonya campaign

HUNTINGTON — Supporters are invited to a fundraising cookout to benefit Kelli Sobonya, a Republican candidate for Cabell County Commission.

Special guests for the event are expected to include Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va.; U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va.; and West Virginia State Auditor J.B. McCuskey.

The event is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the Sentiment Clubhouse, 1 Sentiment Way, in Barboursville.

To RSVP or request additional information, email kellisobonya@gmail.com or call 304-417-0869.

Sergent focuses on fighting opioid epidemic

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Talley Sergent, a Democrat and first-time candidate running for the 2nd Congressional District seat in West Virginia, joined local community leaders and students Monday, July 23, at Burke Street Elementary School in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to listen and learn about initiatives and organizations that aim to combat the problem of opiate addiction and abuse.

Sergent’s visit to the school comes after statewide numbers show overall drug overdose rates increasing across the state.

“West Virginians are hurting and have been pleading for real help and real solutions, but no one in Washington, D.C., is listening,” said Sergent, whose family, like

many West Virginians, has been affected by the drug epidemic. “I hear you loud and clear, and I’m here in Martinsburg learning how, as a member of Congress, I can be a partner you can count on.”

West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District stretches through the state for 300 miles and contains Putnam, Kanawha and Jackson counties, among many others.

Sergent will face off in November against Republican incumbent Alex Mooney, who ran unopposed in the primary.

WV for Life endorses incumbent Maynard

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee recently announced its endorsement of Sen. Mark Maynard for re-election to the West Virginia Senate.

Maynard, who represents the Senate’s 6th District, has a pro-life record and has expressed strong support for the pro-life cause, the organization said in a news release.

West Virginians for Life is affiliated with the National Right to Life Committee and through education, legislation and political action, is working to build a society where all human life is respected from conception to natural death, according to the group.

Maynard will face Democratic candidate Charles Sammons in November’s general election

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