Wetzel County Democrats Open Headquarters On North Street
On Thursday, October 1, Democrats from around Wetzel County gathered on the West End of North Street, across from Witschey’s Market in New Martinsville, for the 2020 election year grand opening of the Democratic Headquarters. Several state, and local candidates spoke to the group to address campaign hopes and issues affecting the Wetzel County citizens. David Pethtel longtime member of the House of Delegates gave a stirring speech which included the responsibility of members of the Democratic party to do all they can to help fellow democrats get elected. Pethtel said it is the responsibility of each member to support Democratic candidates. He lightly touched on Senate Bill 655 which he said deals with the oil and gas companies and the taxes they pay to the counties. He said it will especially hurt Wetzel, Tyler, Doddridge, Marshall and Ritchie Counties who rely on the tax for education and county business.
He also expressed his appreciation to the Wetzel County Democrats for their work in getting the headquarters open and willingness to help the party with their time and efforts. Pethtel is running on the Democratic ticket for Wetzel County and a portion of Monongahela Co. He is a resident of Hundred, West Virginia.
Other speakers included Carla McBee a candidate for Wetzel County Commissioner on the Democratic Ticket, and Sheriff Mike Koontz. McBee stated she is a resident of District 1, in Wetzel County and the address she resides at is the actual physical address where she lives. She said it is her desire, and it will be an honor for her to be elected as the next Wetzel County Commissioner. She stated her goal will be to work along side the other commissioners to make the best decisions possible for the people of the county. Sheriff Koontz said he is running unopposed and he feels that it’s because he has done a good job in his first term and he has earned the peoples trust. Koontz is a longtime Democrat who lives in the Littleton area of Wetzel County.
Also speaking was Josh Gary the Democratic candidate for state Senator who will represent Wetzel County. Gary is from Marshall County and is running against incumbent Mike Maroney a republican also from Marshall County. Chairperson for the Wetzel County Democrats Terri Tyler also spoke during the grand opening.
The opening of the headquarters was well attended and refreshments were served, plus several candidate signs were available to local Democrats who wished to display them. The Headquarters will be open on Saturday’s from 10-1 and Thursday’s from 2-6, from now until the election on November 3. All are welcome to drop by.