Mingo County well represented at state Demo convention

September 4, 2013

Rachel Baldwin

Staff Writer

HINTON - Several members of the Mingo County Democrat Women attended the WV State Third District East/West meeting that was held on August 24th, at the Pipestem Resort State Park, near the town of Hinton.

Those representing Mingo County included President Sue Dove, First Vice President Francis Crawford, Treasurer Marty Stepp and members Kathryn Dillon, Anna Mae Wellman, Peggy Moore and the newest member to join the organization, Lucille Matney.

Lunch was served and the meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance. Debbi McNeer, the local County President opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. Federation President Susan Hubbard then introduced guest speaker Casey Willits, who serves as the Executive Director of Fairness West Virginia. Willits spoke about legislation that has been presented before and watered down but stated that he has hope that it will get presented again in proper form and passed to ensure fairness in the state in jobs and housing regardless of race, gender or sexual preference.

WV Governor Tomblin had planned to attend but was unable to as well, as well as U.S. Congressman Nick Joe Rahall. Susan Miley, a member of the Democratic Women’s Association and the wife of Tim Riley, who is the current Speaker of the House, spoke of the need for a strong unity among the Democratic Party and discussed the rivalry between the two political parties within the legislature. Information was also provided to those in attendance explaining how to better utilize social media for setting up candidate meetings, building leadership effectiveness, and the willingness to listen and learn.

Terry Giles, who worked with the Obama campaign as well as other prominent Democrats, was also present and talked about her concerns for West Virginia with the Koch Brothers funding so many republican campaigns. Numerous door prizes were given away and everyone in attendance voiced their excitement about upcoming events.

The Mingo County president stated that she was well pleased with the continued dedication and commitment of the group’s members and was appreciative of all who took time to attend. If you would like more information on becoming a member of the Democratic Women, you may contact Sue Dove at 304-235-0099.