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How starting early could help Stephen Smith become West Virginia’s next governor


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Stephen Smith
(News and Sentinel photo by Steven Allen Adams)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Filing for statewide elected office doesn’t take place until January 2020, but Stephen Smith can’t wait, and he is recruiting a broad coalition who also can’t wait.

The 38-year-old Smith filed his pre-candidacy paperwork in July, but it was unknown what he was running for. Then he made a splash at the end of November when he launched his campaign for governor of West Virginia as a Democrat.

Organizing under Smith for West Virginia, the campaign also has another tagline: “WV Can’t Wait.” And waiting is something Smith isn’t doing.

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