Jobs and the economy are the top issues for most voters, and Tomblin already has had success in past two years attracting $5 billion in new investment and 6,500 new jobs. He also built a consensus for reasonable regulations on natural gas drilling, pushed for lower taxes and promoted West Virginia here and abroad.
Although his opponent Republican Bill Maloney has questioned Tomblin’s support for coal, the industry does not see it that way. Tomblin has been endorsed by the West Virginia Coal Association, the state Chamber of Commerce and the United Mine Workers of America.
The governor also shows he understands the importance of education in economic development, nurturing a more direct link between the state’s community and technical colleges and business to provide a better trained workforce. He also is planning legislation for the 2013 legislative session to address concerns outlined in the recent audit of the state’s school system.
Read the full endorsement here.