WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The November General Election will be the focus on the second day of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Business Summit taking place at the Greenbrier Resort.

Political analyst Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia will begin the day with an 8:30 address. Sabato is known for Sabato’s Crystal Ball. He’ll be followed by a 9:30 forum on the race for the Third Congressional District. State Senator Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell, is scheduled to be on hand. Congressman Nick Rahall was invited but isn’t expected to attend.

The morning’s keynote address is set for 10 o’clock when Fox News’ Bret Baier takes the stage. That will be followed by a forum on the U.S. Senate race with both Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant scheduled to be in attendance.

The summit continues Friday with the focus on education and a forum on the First and Second Congressional District races.

The schedule for the final two days at the Greenbrier Resort includes:

Thursday, August 28 (all times approximate)

· 8:30 a.m. Dr. Larry Sabato, noted political analyst, University of Virginia

· 9:30 U.S. House Third District Candidate Forum

State Senator Evan Jenkins

Congressman Nick Rahall (invited)

· 10:00 Keynote Address — Bret Baier, FOX News

· 11:00 U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant


Friday, August 29 (all times approximate)

· 8:30 a.m. Symposium – “Why West Virginia’s Future Depends on an A+ Education System”

Gayle Manchin, president, WV Board of Education

Michael Green, vice president, WV Board of Education

Lloyd Jackson, member, WV Board of Education

Dr. Michael Martirano, superintendent, WV Department of Education (as of September 15)

Dr. Jo Harris, president, BridgeValley Community Technical College

Jan Hanlon, secondary curriculum director, Logan County


· 9:30 U.S. House First & Second District Candidate Forum

Congressman David McKinley, First District

State Auditor Glen Gainer, First District

Alex Mooney, Second District

Nick Casey, Second District


· 10:45 WV Poll — Rex Repass, president, R.L. Repass & Partners


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  • Independent View

    It just would not be a political event/forum without a Manchin attending and seeking the limelight--it's either the senator or the "shadow" senator, AKA, former "shadow" governor and president of the WV State BOE..
    Tip for the attendees, Do Not get between Gayle and a TV camera.

  • thornton

    The Wonks must be beside themselves and giggling.

  • TB

    Pat one another on the back function. Get out of the way please!