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GOP Lincoln Day Dinner Attracts Local Leadership

By Staff | Apr 20, 2016

SISTERSVILLE The Tyler County Republican Executive Committee hosted their annual Lincoln Day Dinner recently at the fire hall.

“I feel that any time people can get together and educate themselves on the individual candidates and their polices and platforms, that is a good thing for democracy,” said Becky Wells, chairwoman of the Tyler County Republican Executive Committee. “If they don’t educate themselves, it doesn’t work as well. We need informed voters.”

Each year in places near and far, the Grand Old Party celebrates the first Republican president Abraham Lincoln. Last Friday, Tyler County’s annual dinner began the evening with a silent auction that was held as a fundraiser for the women’s group.

Several leading state and local leaders attended the dinner that was prepared and served by the Sistersville Fire Department Auxiliary.

U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.Va., was represented by his wife, Mary McKinley. State Senator Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, read a letter from GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer. Republican state senate candidate Ginger Nalley of Sistersville read a letter from state agriculture commissioner candidate and state Senator Kent Leonhardt, R-Monongalia.

“Those who spoke addressed issues and policies that they were interested in reviewing or changing in the state,” said Wells, a longtime party activist.

Wells said the primary ballot will be longer than usual this primary season, so she encourages voters to carefully go through the entire ballot process particularly because the non-partisan races are at the end of the ballot “Those directly affect our county.”

Early voting begins April 27 and runs through May 7. The primary election is May 10.

Wells encourages everyone, regardless of party, to please vote.

“Without the voters, you wouldn’t have a democracy,” she said.

Candidates who attended the auction included D. Luke Furbee (prosecutor), Dean Pratt (sheriff), Brian Weigle (sheriff), Theresa Hamilton (county clerk), Jack Hayes (assessor), Michael Galluzzo (assessor), Eric Vincent (county commissioner), Nalley (state senate), Michael Griffin, Mary Dotson and Bob Kendle all magisterial judge candidates along with Mac Warner (state secretary of state), Brent Benjamin (state supreme court of appeals), Jeff Cramer and John Artimez both district court judge candidates.