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U.S. Senate candidate Jack Newbrough talks term limits during Wheeling stop

By JOSELYN KING

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va.  — Announced U.S. Senate candidate Jack Newbrough promised to push for term limits for all politicians as he addressed Ohio County Republicans Monday night.

Jack Newbrough of Weirton, a Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia in 2018, addresses a meeting of the Ohio County Republican Party Executive Committee Monday at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling.
(Intelligencer photo by Joselyn King)
Newbrough, of Weirton, spoke before about a dozen attendees during the meeting of the Ohio County Republican Party Executive Committee at the Ohio County Public Library. Among them were four college students. The presence of youth was significant as the county party hopes to attract younger supporters and volunteers for next year’s election.

Newbrough is seeking the seat occupied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who plans to seek re-election next year. Two other Republicans — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — have announced they will seek the office on the GOP ticket.

Newbrough said three things set him apart from Jenkins and Morrisey:

He is a U.S. Navy veteran, a “natural born West Virginian” and “not a politician.”

He takes issue with Morrisey being a New Jersey native, and with Jenkins having switched political parties — from Democrat to Republican — to run for the House.

“I ask you, what has a politician ever done for you?” he asked. “Have they ever helped you with your expenses? I know politicians have never done anything for me.”

Newbrough described himself as a truck driver who has had to drive out of state to make a living, and as someone who got his education from the Navy.

He said his campaign would focus on improving benefits for veterans, helping first responders and setting political term limits.

“A president can only serve two terms,” Newbrough said. “Why can a senator or congressman serve 40 years?”

He also mentioned the issue of opioid addiction was important to him, as his son’s mother died of an opioid overdose 12 years ago, leaving him a single father.

Ohio County Republican Party Chairman Matt Chapman stressed to those present the need for county Republicans to plan for 2018 elections.

Despite national and state GOP gains in 2016, he noted Ohio County Republicans were not successful in the election.

“We got our butts kicked in Ohio County,” Chapman said. “The exception is (Delegate) Erikka Storch, who got more votes than Donald Trump in Ohio County. Outside of Erikka, we are getting creamed.”

He encouraged young people interested in politics to run for seats on the county executive committee next year and gain experience needed for runs for higher office.

Hancock County GOP Chairwoman Liz Baldt backed up his call for youth participation.

“Our biggest problem is we are an aging group,” she said of Republican executive committees. “Everybody is up for election next year, and I’m guessing at least 10 percent will be retiring. We need new ideas.”

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