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Parkersburg-area GOP optimistic after Trump’s State of the Union speech


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Among those gathering Tuesday night at J.P. Henry’s to watch the State of the Union speech were, from left, Warren Bigley, a member of the Wood County Republican Executive Committee; Matthew Doddrill, a Republican candidate for the 10th District House of Delegates; Carie Adams; Wood County Commissioner Blair Couch; Linda Rabatin and Leonard Rabatin.
(News and Sentinel photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Local Republicans gathered at J.P. Henry’s Tuesday to watch the first State of the Union speech from President Donald Trump. For the most part they said they were pleased with what they heard.

Wood County Commissioner Blair Couch said he was hoping for a speech where the president will attempt to bring the country together.

“I hope he takes a page from the Ronald Reagan book and hopefully offers some conciliation to the other side,” he said. “It has been a tough year; I’m more of a John Kasich Republican and that puts me in a different position for West Virginia.”

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