Democratic candidate for W.Va. governor holds town hall in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Democrat vying to be West Virginia’s next governor hosts a town hall Wednesday evening in Parkersburg.

This was Stephen Smith’s 37th stop on his 55 county town hall tour across the state. It was held at the municipal building in downtown Parkersburg.

He talked about several issues including improving education and the state’s roads.

He said this is the richest time in West Virginia history in terms of real GDP per capita but that wealth isn’t staying in the state. That’s why he believes it will take an all hands on deck effort to have a “West Virginia that works for all of us.”

“The main thing we want people to take away from the town halls is the belief which we already know that one governor can't make that much of a difference that what we need is a whole movement of people running for every office up and down the ballot we need people organizing in their own communities and neighborhoods and churches and hollers that's how we get the government we need not by relying on any one politician or party it's got to be all of us coming together,” Smith said.

Smith will wrap up his tour in May.

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