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Campaign trails: Rahall honored for support of drug law enforcement

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-West Virginia, has been honored by the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Directors' Association as the 2014 recipient of its Legislator of the Year Award for his legislative efforts in support of local, state and federal drug law enforcement.

"The HIDTA Directors' Association award is such an honor to receive, and I am humbled to have been chosen," Rahall said in a news release. "I intend to keep on fighting for our police officers and sheriffs, and helping in any way that I can as they do their work in combating the drug epidemic that has affected our state's and nation's communities," he said.

There are currently 11 Appalachia HIDTA counties in southern West Virginia: Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Rahall is co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.

CABELL GOP WV DAY CELEBRATION: The event, featuring U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center. For more information, email wvrepublicanparty@gmail.com.

REPUBLICANS FOR CASEY ESTABLISHED: Nick Casey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia District 2, has announced the formation of a district-wide "Republicans for Casey" organization as well as public endorsements of several Republicans from the greater Kanawha Valley area.

District 2 includes Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and Charleston City Council President Tom Lane are among Republican endorsers of Casey. Others include: Priscilla Haden, former president of the West Virginia Board of Education, former Moore administration official and Charleston attorney, Ben Bailey, Marc Harman, former member of the House of Delegates, former Charleston councilman Ted Armbrecht, Charleston area businesspeople W. Martin Riggs and Kim Winkler, Teays Valley physician and surgeon Leonard Fichter, Charleston attorneys Angel Moore, Steve Farmer and Troy Giatras, prominent leaders in the CPA profession, Tim Gibbons, Dick Williams, Danny Simms and Bob Nistendirk, area business leaders Tony Tallarico, Rich Rashid and Charlie Dennie, along with Connie and Ron Lucas.

MOONEY ENDORSED, NAMED 'YOUNG GUN': Alex Mooney, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia District 2, has been endorsed by the Concerned Women Political Action Committee and promoted to "Young Gun" status in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program.

"Alex Mooney possesses valuable experience and the leadership needed in Congress," Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women PAC, said in a press release. "Alex is a pro-life, pro-family conservative who will lead on critical issues from the moment he arrives in Washington."

Nance and Concerned Women Political Action Committee's mission is to elect pro-family, pro-life conservatives to Congress.

According to a press release from the National Republican Congressional Committee, candidates that reach "Young Gun" status have met a series of goals that put them in a position to win elections.

"Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration," NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a press release.

McKINLEY FOR CONGRESS ANNOUNCES STAFF: David McKinley, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia District 1, has announced his campaign staff.

District 1 includes much of the northern third of the state, including Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Morgantown and Wheeling.

Members of staff are:

Thomas Midanek, campaign manager; Samantha Waldron, finance director; Brock Densel, political director (Morgantown); Coleby Mathews, regional field director (Wheeling); and Angela Cordell, regional field director (Parkersburg).

The Herald-Dispatch is running news, including events and endorsements, from candidates running in the 2014 election cycle. To submit your campaign news, send an email to news@herald-dispatch.com with the subject line "Campaign Trails."



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