LOGAN, W.Va. — The Logan County Republican Party Convention was recently held, and during the meeting local republicans elected delegates for the West Virginia Republican Convention, shored up support for their presumptive nominee, Donald Trump and provided space for local republican candidates to lay out their platforms.
Around 35 people gathered at the Four Seasons Country Store in Logan for the event where local republican leader Gary Corns took time to explain the party’s current stance and potential for grown in a county currently and historically dominated by democrats.
During his address to the convention, Corns touched on many issues ranging from national to local import.
Among other facets currently floating through the Republican Party zeitgeist, Corns said the party’s presumptive nominee would seek a reversal of current federal bathroom guidelines surrounding the transgender community, strike better trade deals and bolster coal production.
Local republican candidates were also given time to speak.
Jordan Bridges, senatorial candidate for the seventh district, works the second shift in the mining industry and could not attend the meeting. His brother Caleb Bridges, however, was on hand to explain Jordan Bridges’ stances and provide biographical information.
“Jordan wants to try to make a difference and try to bring coal back to this area. He’s pro-gun, pro-coal and wants to make a difference in Logan County,” explained Caleb Bridges.
Aaron Stone, a candidate for the legislature’s 24th district explained, “Everyone has asked me why I am doing this. The answer is…I want what everybody else wants. What everyone else wants, I believe, is a new chapter. I would like to be part of the ones who write it. The main issue is to bring everyone together and work together in order to do something better.”
At the convention, delegates were elected to attend the state republican convention.
The Logan County Republican Party had already appointed six delegates to attend the West Virginia Republican Party Convention. Gary Corns, Aaron Stone, Chad Story, Caleb Bridges,, Shirley Baisden and Janice Stone had already been chosen, and Billy Marcum and Libbie Philips were elected delegates at the convention.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]