LOGAN – On Friday, an estimated 2,000 people attended the Coalfields Regional Job and Resource Fair at the Chief Logan Convention Center.
United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was in attendance at the job fair and agreed to an interview with the Williamson Daily News. In the interview, Manchin discussed the job fair and addressed the recent controversy surrounding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to the coal fields.
“I don’t think anyone expected it to be this large,” Manchin stated. “We have brought out 135 vendors; all of them looking to hire. Then, we also have different technical schools and colleges out here to basically help people get retrained with the skill sets they need. We have people who are here to help them learn how to do resumes and show them how to go through a job interview. We also have veteran’s programs and the National Guard.”
“It is a one stop shop. It really is. If people have a job and want a better job, this is the place to go. If people have lost a job and are looking this is the place to be. I think it can help so many people. It shows you that so many people have hope and want to stay in W.Va. We are doing everything we can to connect the dots. We are trying to keep people close to their families and still be able to provide them. There are jobs in W.Va. you just have to find them,” Manchin continued.
When asked about Clinton’s recent visit Manchin stated, “I have tried to put myself in the positon to bring attention to my state; to show the challenges that we have and the hardships. The only way that we can do that is to bring people down here.”
Manchin continued stating, “Hillary came down here. Some of her staff said that she shouldn’t go because people were mad and upset. She made a horrible statement. I have talked to them and worked with them for twenty years and that is not how they have been or who they are. She made a mistake and she came to tell people that…She came down here and faced it…”
Manchin explained that he is working to establish relationships to better W.Va. “I am trying to make sure that we get the help we need to take care of the things our state needs. We have six counties that are hurting horrible. I am trying to work with them to make sure that if she becomes president that we hold her to her word. She hasn’t forgotten who we are. She never has. I am going to hold their feet to the fire… If I don’t do that, I am not doing any justice to my state…” Manchin stated.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)