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Democrats Open Headquarters For Midterm Elections in Wheeling

Photo by Joselyn King Democrat supporters Barb Alig, left, and Barb LaRue cut the ribbon Wednesday for the opening of the Ohio County Democrat headquarters at 2350 Main St., Wheeling. The building is also home to Ironworkers Local 549.

Northern Panhandle Democrats now have a place to gather, organize and plan get-out-the-vote drives as the Nov. 6 general election approaches.

The Ohio County Democrat Executive Committee, the Ohio County Democratic Women and the Ohio County Young Democrats joined together Wednesday to open a party headquarters at 2350 Main St., Wheeling. The building is also home to Ironworkers Local 549.

The headquarters will serve as a regional hub for Democrat activity in the Northern Panhandle, explained volunteers Teddie Grogan and Barb LaRue.

It will be a place for the public to get their political yard signs and literature, and serve as a base for postcard writing events and phone banks, they said. When candidate supporters plan a walking tour of a specific neighborhood, the headquarters will be a place for them to first meet.

There will be cookout at the headquarters in September, as well as a number of candidate meet and greet events before the election.

“We’re offering space to any Northern Panhandle groups wanting to have something for candidates,” Grogan said.

She said the headquarters will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays if the number of volunteers are available.

The headquarters also is the place to go for anyone wanting to volunteer for the Democrat party.

“Anyone who is interested, we’ll be glad to put them to work,” Grogan said. “We expect there could be multiple candidates locating here for multiple activities.”

Grogan said there are at least two candidates interested in having a base in the Wheeling headquarters and increasing their visibility in the Northern Panhandle.

Candidates present for the headquarters were nearly all those on the Democrat slate for Nov. 6. This included Kendra Fershee, candidate for U.S. House in the 1st District; Denny Longwell, candidate for West Virginia Senate in the 2nd District; Delegates Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, and Joe Canestraro, D-Marshall; Lisa Zukoff, candidate for House of Delegates in the 2nd District’ Ohio County Commission candidate Orphy Klempa and Marshall County Commission candidate Mike Ferro.

All said the biggest obstacle facing Democrats is convincing voters their ideals are in their best interest, and getting them to come to the polls.

The Ohio County Democrat Party has new leadership, with County Assessor Tiffany Hoffman and Mark Garrett now serving as co-chairmen.

“We want to find out what the taxpayer community wants from their candidates,” Hoffman said. “We will have candidates come and do meet and greets as often as we can.”

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