CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More hardworking West Virginians are speaking out about who best represents their values and are lining up behind Republican candidate for Governor Woody Thrasher.
The West Virginians for Manufacturing Jobs (WVMJ) PAC, in consultation with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA),
recently announced its endorsement
of Thrasher’s campaign for Governor. The group joins the West Virginia College Republicans, Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia (ABCWV) and many other West Virginians who want to elect a Governor who will follow through on his promises and show up for work every day to bring more opportunities to the Mountain State.
“As we navigate these historic times, West Virginians cannot lose focus on life beyond the COVID-19 crisis and the importance of strong leadership from the top down in pushing our state through economic recovery,” said Rebecca McPhail, president of the WVMJ PAC and West Virginia Manufacturers Association. “Long a member of the WVMA, Woody understands the necessity of a strong manufacturing economy and the need for more manufacturing jobs in the Mountain State. He is a proven advocate for manufacturing and vocal in his support of our industry.”
Manufacturers in West Virginia employed 48,500 folks in 2015, and in 2017 those employees had an average annual compensation of over $70,000. Manufacturers contributed $3.64 billion in goods to West Virginia's economy in 2018.
Thrasher has long been a vocal advocate of policies to help create a more competitive environment for investment in West Virginia.
“I’m truly honored the manufacturing community in West Virginia felt so strongly about putting a proven leader in the Governor’s Office that they’ve loudly endorsed my candidacy,” Thrasher said. “These are the folks who get things done for our state every day.
"They know I’m not just paying them lip service — I’ve long rolled up my sleeves with them to push for fair tax policies and the elimination of needless bureaucracy that helps in recruiting new companies as well as helping our existing businesses grow and succeed.”