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In WV Senate race, candidates see two different economies


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Incumbent Sen. Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha, left, and Democratic challenger Richard Lindsay
(Charleston Gazette-Mail photos)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two men running for a Kanawha County state Senate seat are painting two different pictures of the same economy.

Both incumbent Sen. Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha, and Democratic challenger Richard Lindsay came to speak with Charleston Gazette-Mail editors Tuesday to discuss issues ranging from cultivating job opportunities in the state, funding West Virginia’s beleaguered Public Employees Insurance Agency, and shortcomings regarding the RISE West Virginia flood recovery program, a $150 million program that has placed only 24 mobile homes since the deadly June 2016 flood.

On the economy, Gaunch pointed to some recent signs of life suggesting a turnaround since Republicans took control of the Legislature in 2014.

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