POINT PLEASANT — Mason County is one of seven counties U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.), will visit next week to address not only the recent chemical spill but deliver legislative updates to his constituents.
Manchin will be conducting an informal town hall meeting and take questions from area residents from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the third floor circuit court courtroom at the Mason County Courthouse.
Manchin will also present Mason County native and veteran James McCormick with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his actions in Iraq in 2004. This presentation, along with a patriotic song by Brooke Price, will kick off the meeting.
“I am coming home this month to talk with local residents and community leaders about the disastrous chemical spill, and hear their ideas and concerns about how we can better protect our water supply and our communities,” Manchin said. “I am also looking forward to giving fellow West Virginians a legislative update and listen to their thoughts on the direction our state and nation are heading.”
Manchin will also travel to Cabell, Fayette, Jackson, Monongalia, Putnam and Raleigh counties next week.
Manchin will address national budget issues, and share his perspective of Congress and what key issues may come up this year. He will also discuss his most recent piece of legislation, the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014, and listen to citizens’ thoughts about the recent chemical spill that affected nine counties and impacted water for an estimated 300,000 West Virginians. He will also provide an update on his efforts with federal and state governments to assist with the cleanup and testing.
Manchin’s staff said the meeting is an opportunity for residents to meet their senator, ask him questions and address other key issues of concern.
Although Mason County wasn’t directly affected by the recent chemical spill, residents will no doubt have questions for the senator about hot topics like the completion of U.S. 35 without tolls, economic development, his stance on gun control reform legislation after the Newtown school shooting and the drug epidemic.
Manchin visited Mason County last spring during the Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and recognition ceremony.