By Ron Gregory
WILLIAMSON — Mingo County’s Democrat Women’s Club met Tuesday to discuss their plans for the 2014 election. In the process, they heard from a field director for U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall as well as the state Federation of Democratic Women chairwoman.
MCDWC president Helen Childers presided after those attending enjoyed a meal served by the Steakhouse.
It was the first meeting for the women this year and Childers brought them up to date on activities since their last meeting in the fall of 2013.
Then they heard from Susan Hubbard, a former state legislator and FDW chairwoman. Hubbard said Republicans across the state are targeting women voters in the upcoming election. She warned those assembled that Democrats will “have to work extra hard to hold on to the House of Delegates and state Senate this year.”
Hubbard also emphasized that Democrat activists “need to support Congressman Rahall and (U.S. Senate candidate) Natalie Tennant with all the effort you can manage.”
The state meeting of the federation will be held in Martinsburg in September, Hubbard reported. The national gathering is set for June 11-15 in Kansas City, Mo.
Candidates were introduced. They included Mingo County Board of Education candidates Jackie Branch and Hester Keatley. Candidates Duke Jewell and Thomas Taylor had representatives in the crowd.
Mike McCollum, field director of Rahall’s re-election campaign, implored those gathered to support the veteran congressman. He said Rahall cannot “match the overwhelming money the opposition is throwing into this campaign,” but can make up for it “with the enthusiasm and support of those like you.”
McCollum said Rahall has a positive message of service to constituents.
“You don’t see the negative ads coming from our campaign,” he said, in apparent reference to television advertising for Rahall’s Republican opponent.
The field director called the 2014 election “the most important in years” and invited those in attendance to attend Rahall’s campaign kickoff set for May 3 at Chief Logan State Park.
He added, “We must reinstate West Virginia as a blue state.”
The Mountain State is among Southern states that have gradually increased the number of elected Republicans in recent years. National media maps generally show Democrat states as blue and Republican states as red. West Virginia has voted for the Republican presidential candidates in recent years, making it nationally known as a “red state.”