Candidates for 14th Senate Seat Offer Different Visions for State's Future
While incumbent Democrat Bob Williams is calling for a diversification of the state's economy, Republican Randy Smith appears to have staked West Virginia's future on a renewal of coal and other fossil fuel energy sources. As of Sept. 30, the majority of Smith's campaign contributions come from out-of-state, coal-related companies, while the bulk of Williams' war chest comes from union-supported PACs.
"Relying solely on energy is what got us in this budget mess," Williams said. "Tourism is an area we have a great opportunity to expand. Continuing to rely simply on energy would be a big mistake."