Ben Salango, the Democratic candidate for governor, has gotten the endorsement of the West Virginia Working Families Party, a progressive grassroots political organization.
The organization cited Salango’s support for issues such as paid family leave in his role as a Kanawha County Commissioner.
“Unlike Jim Justice, Ben will be a governor who looks out for all of us, not just the wealthy few. Salango will end Justice’s culture of corruption that hurts working people,” said West Virginia Working Families Director Ryan Frankenberry.
The West Virginia Working Families Party endorsed another Democrat, Stephen Smith, in the Primary Election.
Salango stated that he’s pleased to land the endorsement for the General Election.
“I will be a governor who puts public service ahead of self-service,” Salango stated.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the West Virginia Working Families Party and look forward to beating Jim Justice together this fall.”
Salango has received a series of endorsements from labor organizations, including the state’s teachers unions and the United Mine Workers.
He also got the endorsement last week of former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Justice’s predecessor.
Justice this week landed an endorsement from the political action committee for the West Virginia Coal Association.
“Under Governor Justice’s leadership, he’s worked to protect the miners, increase coal production, and explore innovative ways to use coal for new products and downstream job opportunities,” stated Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association.