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Sticking With Storch Wise

Since first being elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010, Erikka Storch of Wheeling has garnered wide, bipartisan support. That in turn has resulted in a steady gain in her influence at the Capitol — and her ability to do good for her constituents here in Ohio County.

Storch is seeking re-election on Nov. 3 and can be expected to demonstrate once again her firm base of support. During every one of her five previous elections, she has out-polled opponents widely. In 2018, also in a four-person race for two House seats, she received 9,625 votes — more than 1,300 more than her nearest competitor.

Her record as a lawmaker has only added to her popularity. Storch’s votes have been aimed not at promoting a particular political ideology, but at improving life for Ohio Countians and West Virginians as a whole.

Consider just a few of the positions she took earlier this year: She voted in favor of holding drug prices down, prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, reducing state spending and safeguarding mineral rights owners.

She supported increased access to career education and workforce training. She backed a one-time pay raise for state employees. With an eye to attracting new businesses to our state, she supported establishment of an intermediate court of appeals. All the while, with her eye firmly on the big picture, Storch stood up for “the little guy” through votes such as one prohibiting suspension of drivers’ licenses for unpaid fines.

As both president of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and chief financial officer of the Ohio Valley Steel Co., Storch understands the needs of businesses — and their employees.

Her clout in Charleston has increased steadily, to the point that she holds several legislative committee posts, chairing three panels. Of particular note is her membership on both the House and Joint Finance Committees.

Storch has been an excellent representative of and for Ohio County residents. She will continue to be so during truly demanding times.

Sticking with Storch makes sense for our county and our state. For that reason, we endorse Erikka Storch for re-election to the House of Delegates from the 3rd District.

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