CHARLESTON, W.Va. —Democratic gubernatorial candidate Booth Goodwin today announced two key endorsements in his race to become Governor – the West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (WVSA) and the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association (WVCOPA). Goodwin worked every day for the past 15 years with law enforcement officers, serving as United States Attorney for 5 years and as a federal prosecutor for 10 years before that.
“Booth Goodwin has spent years working to protect our state,” said Sheriff R. Steven Tanner, president of WVSA. “The West Virginia Sheriffs are happy to endorse Booth for Governor of West Virginia, and we look forward to working with him to build stronger communities, combat drug abuse and keep our great state safe.”
“As U.S. Attorney, Booth Goodwin worked with many of our departments. He works hard to keep West Virginia families safe,” said Chief Raymond Fridley, president of WVCOPA. “Booth was an outstanding federal prosecutor, and the West Virginia Chiefs of Police are pleased to endorse him for Governor.”
Throughout his career, Goodwin has prosecuted corrupt politicians and criminals who prey on the elderly and children, gone after prescription drug abuse, helped rebuild communities plagued by drugs and violence, and fought for safer schools.
“I am honored to have the endorsements of these two organizations. I had the privilege of working closely with our sheriffs and chiefs during my years as U.S. Attorney,” said Goodwin. “I have a deep respect and appreciation for the men and women serving in law enforcement. They keep us safe at the risk of their own lives, and I look forward to working with them as Governor.”
WVSA’s membership includes sheriffs in all of West Virginia’s 55 counties. WVCOPA comprises chiefs of police in municipal police departments across West Virginia. Both organizations work closely with the governor’s office, the state legislature and congressional representatives to improve conditions for law enforcement in West Virginia and advocate for laws that improve the lives of all citizens.