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Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Stollings, criticizes Manchin for endorsement of opponent during COVID-19 crisis

CHARLETSON, W.Va. (WVVA) - State Senator Dr. Ron Stollings denounced U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s decision to endorse trial lawyer Ben Salango for the Democratic Governor’s nomination during a crisis in West Virginia.

"Right now, we all need to look after each other and get through this healthcare and economic crisis.”

Dr. Stollings said: “apparently one must be a millionaire to get Joe Manchin’s support for Governor. He backed billionaire Jim Justice four years ago and now, he’s supporting millionaire Ben Salango.”

“Thousands of families in West Virginia are concerned about our public health and financial crisis and how it will impact their lives. These are people who need someone in the Governor’s Office who will care about them. Many of the patients on a day-to-day basis are living paycheck to paycheck. Yet, all we hear from Mr. Salango is soccer fields and bad roads.”

“I see patients every day who are more concerned about their elderly parents and whether they can pay for their prescription medicines. They also want to know if the oncoming recession will put them out of a job. These are the issues West Virginians are concerned about.

“As a practicing physician and 15-year veteran of the state legislature, I am solely focused on the coronavirus and its potential impact on the citizens of West Virginia. The timing of Senator Manchin’s announcement is unfortunate, especially during a time of crisis.”

Stollings has received the endorsements of three key state senators, Sen. Roman Prezioso (Marion), Sen. Cory Palumbo (Kanawha) and Sen. John Unger (Berkeley). He has also received the endorsements from West Virginia State Medical Association, West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Bailey Pace

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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