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Ohio County Democrat LaRue Receives State Honor

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin joined with Democratic leaders from across West Virginia in honoring Barbara LaRue as one of West Virginia’s Outstanding Democrats of the Year.

This Outstanding Democrat was selected by local county leaders for hard work and dedication to the Democratic Party in Ohio County.

LaRue received the tribute from Democrats assembled at the recent Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner Celebration in Charleston on Nov. 15. This year’s keynote speaker was U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana.

Karen Coria, a Putnam County Democratic leader and coordinator of the 34th Annual Awards Ceremony, indicated that the award was established to recognize local party officials and volunteers whom Democratic leaders feel have contributed most to the party’s efforts.

“Our goal is to recognize these special people who have distinguished themselves by contributing to our society, by working within the framework of our democracy and political party system,” Coria said.

LaRue was honored with special recognition and presentations by party officials.

Joining Manchin and Coria in acknowledging the accomplishments of the honoree were state Treasurer John Perdue, state Executive Committee Chair Belinda Biafore and Tester.

“The efforts of the honoree demonstrates the importance of the work of every individual in affecting the outcome of local, state and national races,” Coria said. “These people are the truly effective party workers.”

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