DELBARTON – A campaign rally was held Saturday at the Delbarton Opry House for Jim Justice, a Democratic candidate in the 2016 West Virginia gubernatorial race.
Delbarton’s Mayor, John Preece, introduced Justice to those in attendance with the statement, “I want you all to meet Jim Justice, the next governor of West Virginia.”
Justice is an affluent business man that has made his career in coal and agriculture. “I am not a politician, I am a business guy,” Justice remarked at the rally. “Here’s what’s wrong… you have too many politicians trying to get your vote,” Justice continued.
If elected, Justice claims that his annual salary would be $1. “I am running for one reason; I love West Virginia,” Justice said.
Justice commented on the decline of the coal industry. If elected, he hopes to help alleviate the economic crisis that impacts communities across the state that are dependant on the coal mining industry. “We are hurting beyond belief,” Justice acknowledged. “You need somebody that loves our state. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I can do it,” Justice said.
Justice also hopes to improve the image the rest of the country has of the mountain state. “We are so much better than what the world out there knows,” Justice said.
In 2015, Jim Justice entered the 2016 gubernatorial race as a member of the Democratic Party after switching from the Republican Party in Feb., 2015.
Justice opposes Jeff Kessler for the Democratic nomination in the state’s gubernatorial race. Kessler is currently a member of the West Virginia State Senate.
According to Forbes, Justice is listed as West Virginia’s only billionaire, with a net worth of 1.7 billion. Justice received a Master’s in Business Administration from Marshall University.
Justice is a West Virginia native that currently resides in Lewisburg West Virginia, where he coaches the girls’ basketball team at Greenbrier East High School. Justice also owns the historic Greenbrier Resorts.
(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.)