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CHARLESTON – Members of the West Virginia AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education met on Saturday and selected congressional and legislative candidates for endorsement in the 2018 Primary Election.

“We’re seeing a great field of pro-working family candidates in 2018, and are feeling very optimistic about this election,” West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword said. “Our members are energized and excited about getting to work to help the candidates who want to lift up West Virginia working families by advocating for fair wages, good benefits and a safe workplace.”

An endorsement by the West Virginia AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education follows recommendations from 13 AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils located around the state. The Central Labor Councils interviewed legislative candidates who complete a questionnaire, and consider an incumbent’s recorded vote on working family issues. To garner an endorsement by the West Virginia AFL-CIO, a candidate must receive a 2/3 majority of votes cast by the 75 members of State COPE.

At the congressional level, the COPE Committee proudly endorsed current Senator Joe Manchin for the United States Senate seat, the sole statewide office on the 2018 ballot, and state Senator Richard Ojeda in the 3rd Congressional District primary race. 

The Committee took no action in the 1st and 2nd congressional districts, as well as in a number of legislative races. In instances of “no action,” the COPE Committee stands silent, and leaves it up to affiliates of the West Virginia AFL-CIO to determine which candidates to support in those primary races.

The COPE committee endorsed the following state legislative candidates:



1st William Ihlenfeld; 2nd Denny Longwell; 3rd no action; 4th Brian Prim; 5th Mike Woelfel; 6th Charles Sammons; 7th Ron Stollings; 8th no action; 9th no action; 10th Stephen Baldwin; 11th Bill Hamilton; 12th Mike Romano; 13th Bob Beach; 14th Stephanie Zucker; 16th John Unger; 17th no action.

House of Delegates

1st Diana Magnone, Randy Swartzmiller; 2nd Phillip Diserio; 3rd Shawn Fluharty, Erikka Storch; 4th Joe Canestraro, Lisa Zukoff; 5th Dave Pethtel; 6th T. Chris Combs; 7th Lissa Lucas; 8th David Bland; 9th Jim Marion; 10th Andy Daniel, J. Morgan Leach, Harry Deitzler; 11th James Pickens; 12th Missy Morris; 13th Scott Brewer; 14th Brianne Solomon; 15th no action; 16th Sean Hornbuckle, Matt Spurlock, Vera Miller; 17th Chad Lovejoy, Matthew Rohrbach; 18th no action; 19th Ken Hicks, Robert Thompson; 20th Barry Marcum; 21st Phyllis White; 22nd Gary McCallister, Zack Maynard; 23rd Rodney Miller; 24th Ralph Rodighiero, Susan Perry; 25th John “Andy” Vance; 26th Ed Evans; 27th Phoebe Meadows, Lacy Watson, Carol Bailey; 28th Andrew Evans, Sandy Shaw; 29th Ricky Moye; 30th Mick Bates; 31st Richard Snuffer; 32nd Margaret Staggers, Selina Vickers, Luke Lively; 33rd David Walker; 34th Brent Boggs; 35th Andrew Byrd, Renate Pore, James Robinette, Doug Skaff Jr.; 36th Larry Rowe, Andrew Robinson, Amanda Estep-Burton; 37th Mike Pushkin; 38th Tom Tull; 39th David “Woody” Holmes; 40th Melissa Huffman, Ronald Shamblin; 41st Paul O’Dell Jr.; 42nd Jeff Campbell, Cindy Lavender-Bowe; 43rd Bill Hartman, Phil Isner; 44th Dana Lynch; 45th no action; 46th Robert “Bob” Stultz; 47th Ed Larry; 48th Tim Miley, Richard Iaquinta, Robert Garcia, Derek McIntyre; 49th no action; 50th Mike Caputo, Linda Longstreth, Michael Angelucci; 51st Barbara Fleischauer, Evan Hansen, John Williams, Danielle Walker, Rodney Pyles; 52nd Justin Hough; 53rd Cory Chase; 54th John Hott; 55th Isaac Sponaugle; 56th Will Skehan; 58th Bibi Hahn; 59th John Isner; 61st Jason Barrett; 62nd no action; 63rd Sam Brown; 64th Barby Frankenberry; 65th Sammi Brown; 66th David Dinges; 67th John Doyle.