West Virginia Working Families Party congratulates William Ihlenfeld and John Doyle for their victories in unseating the Senate and House majority leaders, as well as a powerful class of new progressive legislators. These election wins are the beginning of a shift in politics in the state. A full list of WV WFP endorsed winners is below.
“We’ve elected a strong class of working families Democrats who will go to Charleston to do the people’s business,” said Ryan Frankenberry, state director of West Virginia Working Families Party. “In this new, reconstituted state legislature, Democrats will have a stronger voice and can move on working families issues like ending the tax on social security income, creating and funding a patient-centered response to the opioid epidemic, fixing PEIA, and stopping Republicans from giving massive tax breaks to industry and the state’s richest residents in the form of the proposed corporate inventory tax cut.”
There were also significant working families Democratic wins in North Central West Virginia where House District 51 is now an all-Democratic delegation and in Charleston city government with the wins of Amy Shuler Goodwin for mayor and new city council members Caitlin Cook and Jennifer Pharr.
“For too long, Charleston hasn’t been working for working families,” said Amy Shuler Goodwin. “I’m so honored to have been supported by the West Virginia Working Families Party and Rise Up WV. They helped me put my case before the people of Charleston — I couldn’t have achieved this victory without their help and support.”
West Virginia Working Families Party undertook several independent expenditure campaigns. A $50,000 independent expenditure campaign in Northwest West Virginia with paid and volunteer canvassers resulted in the HD 51 victory as well as Sen. Bob Beach’s reelection. A volunteer and paid canvass produced 5,000 doors knocked in Monongalia County, 3,000 doors in the Ohio River Valley counties (Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel counties), and 500 doors in Preston County. That effort also included sending four mailers in Hancock and Monongalia counties.
“West Virginia Working Families Party is an important partner in my campaign and mission to represent the voters of my district,” said Danielle Walker, who won her race in HD 51. “I’m looking forward to bringing our shared values to Charleston to make change in our state.”
Rise Up West Virginia, a WV WFP local branch, conducted an independent expenditure campaign supporting Rich Lindsay in Senate District 8 with social media, making 2,500 phone calls and sending 7,000 texts. In Charleston, activists knocked on 2,000 doors for the Charleston mayor and city council candidates.
“West Virginia Working Families Party has been with me since the beginning, giving me invaluable assistance and powering me to victory today,” said Amanda Estep-Burton from HD36.” I’m grateful for their work on my behalf and their unyielding support of progressive values.”
The Working Families Party is a grassroots progressive political party that fights to make our country work for the many, not just the few. WFP recruits, trains and elects the the next generation of progressive leaders to office — and then works with those leaders to win meaningful policy changes that make a difference in the lives of working families.
William Ihlenfeld State Senate, District 1
Rich Lindsay State Senate, District 8
Stephen Baldwin State Senate, District 10
Bob Beach State Senate, District 13
Shawn Fluharty State House, District 3
Joe Canestraro State House, District 4
Sean Hornbuckle State House, District 16
Chad Lovejoy State House, District 17
Rodney Miller State House, District 23
Mick Bates State House, District 30
Margaret Staggers State House, District 32
Amanda Estep-Burton State House, District 36
Larry Rowe State House, District 36
Mike Pushkin State House, District 37
Cindy Lavender-Bowe State House, District 42
Tim Miley State House, District 48
Mike Caputo State House, District 50
Linda Longstreth State House, District 50
Michael Angelucci State House, District 50
Barbara Fleischauer State House, District 51
Evan Hansen State House, District 51
John Williams State House, District 51 Danielle Walker State House, District 51
Rodney Pyles State House District 51
Isaac Sponaugle State House, District 55
Sammi Brown State House, District 65
John Doyle State House, District 67
Amy Goodwin Charleston Mayor
Caitlin Cook Charleston City Council
Jennifer Pharr Charleston City Council