Republican group launches campaign backing Armstead, Jenkins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national Republican organization launched a campaign Friday in support of Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins’ bids for the state Supreme Court.

The Republican State Leadership Committee’s Judicial Fairness Initiative launched the campaign, which includes digital and television advertisements.

“Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins have admirably served the people of West Virginia before and will continue to restore faith in the state’s highest court. West Virginians can be safely assured these two public servants will lock up criminals and restore ethical leadership to the court,” organization president Matt Waler said in a statement.

Gov. Jim Justice appointed Armstead and Jenkins to the bench in August.

The 30-second advertisement says Armstead and Jenkins will “clean up the mess” of the court, “bring honesty and integrity back to the court, throw the book at child predators” and “make drug dealers pay dearly with harsh sentences.”

Armstead is running for the seat of former Justice Menis Ketchum, while Jenkins is campaigning for the seat of retired Justice Robin Davis.

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