Two democratic gubernatorial candidates attend kick-off dinner in Wood County

VIENNA, W.Va (WTAP)- Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates attended a campaign kick-off dinner Saturday night in Vienna.

Jody Murphy and Stephen Smith addressed a group of democrats who facilitated the event as an educational opportunity for members of the community to learn how and why to run for office.

Murphy made it clear that his motivation to run is based in what he wants for his family.

“I’m running because I want my children to live here. I want my children and my grandchildren to live here. Which means they have to be able to work here and play here. I don’t want to be going to North Carolina or anywhere else to visit my grandchildren. I want them here. To do that, we need a better economy, a more diverse economy, we need to attract and retain our current residents and recruit new residents, and we need to grow our educational opportunities,” he emphasizes.

The event was held at the Vienna Community building.