POINT PLEASANT — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole recently visited Point Pleasant for a community picnic organized by the Bill Cole for Governor campaign, with support from local GOP members.
According to the Cole camp, the visit was an opportunity for the candidate to “share his vision to move West Virginia forward.”
Cole talked about the need to create “good paying jobs” for West Virginia workers, noting West Virginia is the only state in the nation where a majority of the adult age working population doesn’t have a job. He discussed his efforts to reform the state’s “archaic labor laws” — reforms that he says have resulted in a $22 million savings to the taxpayers in two months. Cole has maintained these steps reflect that the state is “taking steps to become open for business.”
Also during the visit, he also outlined his plan to implement a manufacturing strategy that takes advantage of the state’s natural resources to create downstream manufacturing jobs in the state.
He shared his plan to make sure every person who is addicted to drugs and calls a hotline has access to a treatment facility in their area. According to the Cole campaign, West Virginia leads the nation in drug overdoses and the heroin epidemic puts residents at risk of losing a generation of young people. Cole has said he will enact laws that will hold the “drug kingpins” accountable to make sure they pay a “heavy price for peddling their poison in our state.” The plan also calls for a “renewed commitment to education programs that will help children be aware of the consequences of their decisions.”
According to the Cole campaign, “West Virginia has been left last by the ‘good old boy’ system that has run our state for far too long.” Cole then told voters Jim Justice has benefited more from their failed system than any other West Virginian. According to the Cole campaign, the state senator is running “to put an end to the corruption in Charleston and put West Virginians first with better services and a level playing field for everyone to compete.”
Cole concluded his remarks by telling the crowd West Virginia is at a “tipping point,” and the choice voters make this November will decide whether “we move forward or continue down the tired, failed path we are on.”
The event held at Krodel Park, was open to the public and attendees were treated to free food and were also able to meet several other GOP candidates.
Early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 26 through Nov. 5. in West Virginia.