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West Virginia community organizer launches 2020 gubernatorial bid as Democrat


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Stephen Smith (left), 38, who ran the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, announced he is running for governor as a Democrat in the 2020 elections.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A longtime community organizer and nonprofit director announced plans to run for governor in 2020.

Stephen Noble Smith, 38, who ran the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition for the past six years, confirmed Wednesday he plans to run as a Democrat in the 2020 gubernatorial election.

He said despite a number of positive economic indicators for the state, it doesn’t feel like the economy is thriving like some say it is. This stems from a tax structure that works against small, local business, he sid, and a class of political leadership that’s out of touch with working families’ problems.

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