WASHINGTON, D.C. — The political action arm of the United Mine Workers of America announced its endorsements Friday.

“These candidates have demonstrated they will fight for UMWA members and their families,” UMWA International President Cecil Roberts said in a news release. “Coal miners and working families need help in Washington D.C. and Charleston. Our COMPAC councils have reviewed the records of these candidates and recommends them to our members.”

The union is backing the reelection attempts of two Republican congressman. Endorsements were announced for both First District Congressman David McKinley and Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins. The UMWA is not endorsing a candidate in the Second District race in the Primary Election. The union had previously announced its support for Jim Justice in the race for governor.

All Democrats get the nod in the Board of Public Works races and the union endorsed Darrell McGraw in the Supreme Court race.

Five Republicans received mine worker union endorsements in the legislative races, the rest are Democrats.

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