BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) A Beckley attorney for the under-served is throwing his hat into the West Virginia Attorney General’s race.
Democrat Sam Petsonk, of Edmond, West Virginia, announced his candidacy on Thursday.
Born in Morgantown, W.Va., his past experience includes work volunteering for Americorp in Mullens, and as a legislative staffer for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
Petsonk also has six years of experience as an attorney at Mountain State Justice, a non-profit legal center with an office in Beckley. His areas of expertise include labor, energy, and coal miner issues.
“I’ve grown up around some of the best, hard-working people there are in this country. But it burns me up to see it’s the low man on the totem pole that is the one that keeps losing out as our industries face hard times. We can protect our people, wages, and health insurance while we figure out our economic problems at the same time. We have to do both.”
Petsonk is a graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law.