August 12, 2015

Sen. Manchin Addresses Commissioners, Visits Ballpark | Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, didn’t pull any punches Tuesday, Aug. 11, as he addressed the membership of the West Virginia County Commissioner’s Association, gathered at the Morgantown Event Center for its annual conference and auditor’s training.

“We’ve got some tough decisions. We live in a troubled world, a very troubled world, and a divided country,” Manchin said, explaining that county commissioners are “on the front lines. You’re hearing it all. You’re seeing it all — good, bad or indifferent.”

Before ending his remarks, Manchin explained that the partisanship and vitriol so common in the political realm is only ensuring that the tough questions never get answers.

“The toxic atmosphere we’ve got in Washington, you’ve got to fight that off. I know it’s permeating into the states and into the counties, but for the love of your people, fight it,” Manchin said.

The crowd also heard from West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer, who presented the 2015 Thelma J. Stone Award to the Lewis County Commission.

After the luncheon, Manchin got a first-hand look at some of the new development in Monongalia County — including the new Monongalia County Ballpark.

By:  Ben Conley