Teamsters Endorse Tomblin for West Virginia Governor

Aug 17, 2011, 15:12 ET from Teamsters Local 175

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Tomblin Has Leadership, Legislative Experience to Lead West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters Local 175 is endorsing state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin for West Virginia governor, Local 175 President Ken Hall announced today.

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Tomblin, who is serving as acting governor of West Virginia, has extensive legislative and leadership experience, serving in the state Legislature for 36 years. Additionally, he has chaired the Senate Finance Committee and has been elected 18 straight years as president of the Senate. He is serving as acting governor with the election of former Gov. Joe Manchin to the U.S. Senate. As Senate president, he helped shape policy that led to a fiscally responsible state. West Virginia is one of the few states to operate in the black during the recent recession.

"While Tomblin has not always agreed with the Teamsters on every issue, he has always given us a fair hearing and has committed to continue to do so as governor," Hall said. "Tomblin is committed to helping our middle class in West Virginia. He is clearly the best choice for workers in this upcoming election."

"I greatly appreciate the support of the Teamsters and their hardworking members," Tomblin said. "As governor, I will continue to create jobs and responsibly lower taxes to make life better for our state's hardworking families."

Tomblin's top priorities are creating jobs and cutting taxes. He also has a plan to eliminate the food tax, and he will lead the way to responsibly develop the Marcellus Shell area.

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SOURCE Teamsters Local 175