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UMWA endorses Tomblin for W. Va. Governor

September 16, 2011
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[CHARLESTON, W. VA.] - The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) West Virginia State Council of the Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) voted today to endorse Earl Ray Tomblin (D) for Governor in the upcoming Oct. 4 special election.

Tomblin, who has been acting as governor since the resignation of now-Sen. Joe Manchin (D), is "the best candidate in this race for working people in West Virginia, especially those working in and around the coal industry," UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said.

"Our members in West Virginia need someone who understands their industry, understands their communities, and understands their values," Roberts said. "After careful consideration and conversation, the state COMPAC Council determined that Earl Ray is the candidate who best meets those criteria.

"We will be contacting our members and their families throughout the state over the next weeks to get that message out," Roberts said. "This is a special election where turnout is likely to make the difference. We're going to do all we can to make sure UMWA members and their families are at the polls on Oct. 4."

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