Paden City Woman to Attend Convention
PADEN CITY – A local politico will be heading to the Democratic National Convention, and she believes Hillary Clinton should be the nation’s next president.
Kimberly Frum is president of the Wetzel County Democrat Women and she serves as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee for the county and the state.
Although 18 of West Virginia’s 37 delegates to the convention are pledged to Bernie Sanders, Frum is among 11 who are committed to Clinton.
West Virginia also has eight superdelegates who are unpledged, according to the most recent information provided by the West Virginia Democrat Party. Sanders picked up 51.4 percent of the vote in West Virginia, compared to 35.8 percent for Hillary Clinton, who is the presumptive Democrat nominee for president.
“I hope to be on television because there are only 37 delegates from West Virginia, so my chances are pretty good when they call out for our vote,” Frum said.
Delegates from all over the country will attend the convention between July 25 and July 28 in Philadelphia.
“I’d like to make a difference and represent the state. I will take my responsibilities seriously, representing West Virginia with energy and integrity” said Frum of North Second Avenue in Paden City.
Frum is one of only two women who are Clinton delegates that will represent the First Congressional District, which runs from Hancock County to Marion County and includes the eastern panhandle.
“I think she (Clinton) is for the people, women and children. I think that she’ll work for Americans and the middle class,” Frum said. “She’s an advocate for all Americans, not just some, and she’s fighting for us, so I’m fighting for her.”
State Representative Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia County, will be the other Clinton delegate representing the First Congressional District.
Frum said she feels Clinton will make more opportunities for the working class all while supporting universal healthcare.
“This is such an important election and I think that Hillary will stand up for American values,” she said.
Others representing the Northern Panhandle at the convention are committed to Sanders. They are Sue Thorn and Joe Jividen of Ohio County and Kachina Mooney of Brooke County. Also in the delegation is state Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall.
Frum said this will be her first national convention that she will attend in person. .
“I’ve watched the conventions on television for many years, so I’m very excited to attend one in person,” said Frum, 60, a longtime party activist. “I’ve got my hotel reservations made and I’ll be flying there a day before the convention starts. I’m hopeful that I may get a chance to meet Hillary at some point during the convention. If she would win president – I’d just be overwhelmed.”
Frum said she is aware of possible protests, but she is not worried.
“We’ll all be in group, so I think we’ll be OK,” she said. “I do not think the convention will be disrupted by groups who may be protesting.”
Frum said this will be an historic election.
“I think I’ll be playing a part in electing the first woman as president,”she said.