The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s and West Virginia’s leading small-business association, has endorsed Senate President Bill Cole for governor.
“Bill Cole is the only choice for West Virginia’s small, family businesses,” said Gil White, state director of NFIB.
“Bill Cole is a business owner himself, and he understands the burden government places with high taxes, paperwork, and compliance,” White said.
“As state Senate president, he played a critical role in passing two pieces of legislation that are going to transform this state—right-to-work and prevailing wage reform,” White said. “These weren’t easy positions to take, but Bill Cole understands how important it is that West Virginia stays competitive.
“Bill Cole understands the need to bring new businesses and new jobs to West Virginia and to create an environment where our existing businesses and grow and prosper.”
Before endorsing, NFIB carefully vetted both major-party candidates for governor, reviewed their positions on key issues and performed a statewide poll of the NFIB’s members, which expressed overwhelming support for Cole.
The endorsement comes from the NFIB West Virginia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB’s West Virginia membership.
Today’s endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of West Virginia’s small businesses behind the governor’s campaign. Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to vote.
NFIB will encourage its 2,000 dues-paying members in West Virginia to help turn out the influential small business voting bloc on Election Day.