Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State and also a candidate for the U.S. Senate, visited various locations in Parsons on April 15 with her 12 year old daughter, Delaney, who is in the sixth grade.
Because Delaney was on Spring Break she was able to travel with her mom and really seemed to enjoy her tour of our beautiful new Courthouse Annex. Delaney took quite an interest in the historical aspects of the Courthouse and Annex but she also enjoyed actually sitting in some of the judges’ chairs in the courtrooms. During the tour of the new court rooms the fantastic wood work (including handsome handmade wooden blinds) which was done by local Tucker County craftsmen was admired by everyone.
Natalie Tennant is on a tour to visit all 55 counties in West Virginia so she can listen to the concerns of as many of West Virginia’s citizens as possible. While in Parsons she met with Angie Davis and April Miller with the Tucker County Family Resource Network. Because Governor Tomblin decided to veto legislation safeguarding many programs that are very helpful to some of our most endangered families, such as “Parents as Teachers” which now serves 44 families in Tucker County, funding is facing cuts that will negatively impact local families directly! These cuts will weaken the Tucker County Family Resource Network’s ability to serve the children and parents in our communities in Tucker County.
According to information supplied by Jennifer Donohue, Tennant’s Communications Director, the Talk with Tennant listening tour “…is part of Tennant’s continued campaign to put West Virginia first and replace Washington politics with West Virginia values.
‘I’m running to put West Virginia first,’ Tennant said, ‘That’s why I’m taking my campaign directly to the people of West Virginia to make their voices heard.’
While Tennant works to put the concerns of West Virginians first, long-time Congresswoman Capito is returning to Washington where she:
· Voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program and privatize Social Security;
· Supported a shutdown that hurt West Virginia jobs while refusing to stand with West Virginia workers for a fair minimum wage;
· Was the only member of the West Virginia delegation to vote against the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Act; and
· Voted to let banks raise interest rates on student loans while allowing big banks that took taxpayer bailout money to continue paying out huge bonuses to CEOs.
‘I’ve put nearly 200,000 miles on my car driving around West Virginia already, and everywhere I go, folks are fed up with Washington ways,’ Tenant said. ‘We deserve a Senator who will work for Main Street West Virginians, not Wall Street special interests.’”
Article Submitted By Pamela Ruediger
The Parsons Advocate