Mountain Party Drafts Charlotte Pritt for Governor

Mountain Party Drafts Charlotte Pritt for Governor

On Saturday, July 16, Delegates to the WV Mountain Party 2016 Convention in Bridgeport, WV, unanimously nominated Charlotte Pritt as the Party choice for governor. Pritt, who had neither pre-announced her candidacy, nor campaigned prior to the Convention, was apparently caught off-guard by the Draft. Pritt nonetheless accepted the unanimous vote of the Convention Delegates, and will lead the Mountain Party ticket on West Virginia’s 2016 ballot.

Contributions directly to Charlotte’s campaign may be made by the following secure web portal:

In addition to Pritt, the following candidates will also be on the Mountain Party ticket, each having agreed to actively promote the entire Mountain Party Platform.

  • MICHAEL SHARLEY – WV Attorney General,  (Morgantown)
  • BRUCE BREUNINGER – WV Senate District 11 (Richwood):
  • RODNEY HYTONEN  WV House of Delegates – District 7 (Pennsboro)
  • ELIZABETH RHULE – WV House of Delegates – District 36 (Charleston)
  • CHRIS REED – WV House of Delegates –  District 39 (Charleston)
  • ALAN BALOGH,– WV House of Delegates –  District 43 (Hillsboro)
  • BARBARA DANIELS   House of DelegatesDistrict 44 (Richwood)

Mike Sharley, Bruce Breuninger, Rod Hytonen, Elizabeth Rhule, and Alan Balogh were each nominated by the Party. Chris Reed and Barbara Daniels ran unopposed in the 2016 Primary.

2016 Mountain Party ENDORSEMENTS

The WV Mountain Party’s national  affiliation with the Green Party grants the Green Party automatic ballot access to West Virginia’s general election. In exchange, the Mountain Party can name delegates to the Green Party Convention. The voting delegates to this year’s Mountain Party convention in Bridgeport chose to endorse Jill Stein of the Green Party for U.S. Presidential nominee at the Green Party’s upcoming convention in Houston, Texas.

In the true grassroots spirit, the Mountain Party is West Virginia’s only Political Party with full ballot access that chooses to endorse qualified candidates who are running on other Party tickets.  The following candidates  who also sought, and received, the endorsement of the Mountain Party voting delegates based on their public support of the 2016 Mountain Party Platform are:

  • Mike Manypenny – 1st US Congressional District
  • Mark Hunt – 2nd US Congressional District
  • Matt Detch – 3rd US Congressional District
  • Mike Pushkin – WV House 37th District -(Kanawha County)
  • Melissa Riggs Huffman- WV House 40th District -(Kanawha County)
  • Cat Webster – WV House 59th District – (Berkeley County (part), Morgan (part))

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Congratulations, WV Progressives!!

Congratulations, WV Progressives!!

Congratulations, Fellow West Virginia Activists! Getting all those great Progressive issues in the WV Democratic Platform is truly exciting.

Unfortunately, the problem this election cycle is that the current crop of WV Dem candidates represent the old platform. FOR EXAMPLE, just how much of this wonderful new platform does the top of the Dem ticket represent?

Not long ago, GRIST reported the following:

Justice’s coal companies, some inherited after his father’s death in 1993, have racked up millions in fines for labor, safety, and environmental violations. In November, NPR reported that Justice owed nearly $2 million in overdue fines.

Stephanie Langley, Chair of Statewide Organization for Community Empowerment’s Energy, Ecology, and Environmental Justice Committee, observed

 “While Jim Justice and his associates disregard the most basic of permitting procedures, folks who live near these mine sites and discharge points are being subjected to an unknown amount of toxic materials being dumped into their streams and rivers.  There is no question as to if pollutants are being discharged, it is only a question of how much and when. While it is a shame that citizens have to file lawsuits to protect the health of our communities while regulatory agencies sit idly by, our hope is that this effort will bring some transparency to Jim Justice’s operations in Tennessee.”

dead horse

Does anyone believe that WV Dempublican Candidate Jim Justice will drop out of the race just because of the new platform? .

Beloved fellow activist Judy Bonds used to say that there are no jobs without clean water. Droves of people for far too long have been leaving the state for want of jobs and clean water. It’s why 25,000 people left Dem Governor Tomblin’s home county of Logan while he served as Senate President. And current Senate President/ Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole’s own Mercer county has been circling the drain for as long as anyone can recall.

Count on WV Libertarians to once again run someone on its unsustainable Platform of deregulation and elimination of all corporate taxes.

So while it is truly wonderful that with this new WV  Dem Platform the State appears to moving in the right direction, it is unfortunately too late to make a difference this election cycle.

The Mountain Party’s platform has been rock-solid Progressive for as long as we’ve been in existence (sixteen years). Though we haven’t yet chosen who to run for governor this cycle, I can personally guarantee that whomever that is will be as Progressive as our Platform and those who are already running downticket on it.

Before making your decision to settle on the lesser of two evils by NOT voting for governor this cycle, just wait until our Convention on July 16, when the Mountain Party is scheduled to formally announce its gubernatorial candidate.  We also plan to once again announce which candidates (if any) we will endorse regardless of Party affiliation, as true representatives of Progressive values.

Tom Rhule
Communication Director
304 989 1629
ps: Thanks, April, for sharing this great news with me (see below).


I just got back from the Democratic convention, and what a GAS! It was long, hard work and not a little frustration, but in the end, totally AWESOME!
We adopted several resolutions to include the following on the Party platform:
  • legalization of MJ, MMJ, and industrial hemp (all three!)
  • non-discrimination in housing and employment
  • affirmative consent (these two came from the Young Democrats!)
  • improved Medicare
  • examination of the severance tax structure
  • a BAN on fracking (Thanks to the Frackistan delegates for bringing this to the floor!!!)
  • a BAN on MTR (there were some eloquent speakers for this!)
  • protection of our water (Thank you, Maury Johnson, for authoring the amended language to this!)
  • automatic voter registration
  • removal of the ratification deadline on the ERA
  • public funding of campaigns and a repeal of Citizens United !!!
This is incredible to me! I feel it is quite progressive, and quite a departure from Business as Usual. It was very ubiquitous (it seemed most everyone was voting the same way), and sudden. I think it was Bernie’s influence.
It isn’t over for Bernie. They are recounting in CA.
I got to see a lot of friends and make some new ones. 
I count myself lucky. I count us ALL lucky.
The party still has big hurdles and still isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot closer than it was! A LOT of people there were genuinely concerned about our WATER.

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WV Mountain Party Bi-Annual Convention

WV Mountain Party Bi-Annual Convention

Grassroots Organized

The West Virginia Mountain Party will hold its 2016 Bi-Annual Convention on Saturday, July 16, from 9:15 am til 4:30 pm at the Benedum Civic Center in beautiful Bridgeport, WV.

Please be punctual.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged to avoid delays due to what is expected to be a large turnout this year.

To pre-register, simply download and print out the handy form from this following link:Mountain Party 2016 Convention Registration Form

In the grassroots tradition of the Mountain Party, luncheon will be a covered dish event. So if you plan to attend, please bring your favorite entree to share and enjoy with others. Coffee, tea, and other beverages will be provided.


The Benedum Center – 164 W. Main St. –  Bridgeport, WV 26330


BENEDUM Civic Center
Bridgeport Map Coordinates: 39°17′48″N 80°15′5″W

Congratulations and sincere gratitude to the following candidates for making it to West Virginia’s 2016 General Election running on the Mountain Party ticket:

General Election Day is Tues, Nov 08. Polls open 6:30am through 7:30pm. Find your polling place



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