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While education is important, a diploma is not a guarantee of intelligence, and the lack of a degree is not a sign of failure. Accordingly, I was disheartened to read Sunday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail a snide commentary by Phil Kabler about Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, who could be the next Senate President. Kabler pointed out Blair’s lack of a college degree, dismissing his possible election as evidence of “Republican anti-intellectualism.” If by that Kabler meant that Blair does not value education, he is dead wrong.

As part of the Senate leadership team, and a strong supporter of 2019’s “Last Dollar In” legislation that was designed to make education for certain high-demand careers more affordable, Blair is committed to providing better opportunities for West Virginians.

Blair is someone who recognizes, perhaps better than others, the value of an education, and has worked hard to make it available to the very people who need the most help in getting to, and through, school. 

safety2020awardFrom left, WVMA President Rebecca McPhail is joined by Dale Stemple of Viatris and Dana Burns of Potesta for the presentation to Viatris of the annual Encova and WVMA Safety Award.CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Encova Insurance, in partnership with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), presented the annual Encova and WVMA Safety Award during the WVMA Winter Convention and Annual Meeting December 1 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The 2020 Encova and WVMA Safety Award was presented to Viatris Inc. (NASDAQ: VTRS), located in Morgantown, a new kind of global health care company formed through the combination of Mylan and Pfizer’s Upjohn business, whose mission it is to empower patients worldwide to live heathier at every stage of life. 

WVMA ChampionsPic 2020From left, WVMA President Rebecca McPhail and Jeff Fritz of Chemours present Delegate Moore Capito, R-Kanawha, with the 2020 WVMA Legislative Champion award.CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Manufacturers Association honored legislators and industry professionals Nov. 17 with its Champions of Industry awards.

“Each year, we honor those who recognize the importance of manufacturing to West Virginia’s economy,” WVMA President Rebecca McPhail said. “This year is especially challenging for business and industry, but manufacturers innovate, adapt and respond to the needs of our communities during challenging times. Fostering a policy environment that keeps us on a level playing field is more important than ever in the Mountain State, and we are grateful for the leadership and commitment of those we honored tonight.”

Statewide Candidates 

  • Jim Justice (R) – Governor
  • Patrick Morrisey (R) – Attorney General
  • Mac Warner (R) – Secretary of State
  • J.B. McCuskey (R) – State Auditor

West Virginia Senate Candidates

  • Ryan Weld (R) – District 1
  • Mike Maroney (R) – District 2
  • Donna Boley (R) – District 3
  • Amy Grady (R) – District 4
  • Chandler Swope (R) – District 6
  • Rupert “Rupie” Phillips (R) – District 7
  • Jack Woodrum (R) – District 10
  • Robert Karnes (R) – District 11
  • Patrick Martin (R) – District 12
  • Randy Smith (R) – District 14
  • Craig Blair (R) – District 16
  • Patricia Rucker (R) – District 16