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Post by Stephanie on Tue May 03, 2011 7:46 am

I was thrilled to read this. I think this is good for the Mt. Party and good for the citizens of WV.
Mountain Party selects gubernatorial candidate

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--The Mountain Party has tapped former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber to be its nominee in the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election.

The party unanimously nominated Baber, 60, following a convention Sunday in Sutton. Former Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson was also a potential nominee in the convention, but he withdrew his name from consideration to allow for a unanimous vote for Baber.

Baber was the first Mountain Party member ever elected to public office when he won the 2004 Richwood mayoral election. He had lost out to Johnson for the party's gubernatorial nomination earlier that year.

He acknowledged that being a third-party candidate is an uphill battle.

"It's a tough way to go you don't have a lot of finances; you've got to do a lot yourself," he said. "Our party is a party about the truth, and sometimes telling the truth is not the most popular thing in the world to do."

While Johnson represented the party in the past two gubernatorial campaigns, as well as for the special U.S. Senate election last year, Baber viewed his nomination as a sort of passing of the baton in the party.

"I love West Virginia with all my heart, and it's time for the state to stop looking backwards and digging its heels in," Baber said. "It's time for us to start looking up towards green.

"We've got to create West Virginia's future and we really have the opportunity to do that. We're one of the few states that is an energy producer, and we've just to start taking a little off the top to start the green initiatives of the future."

Baber said as governor he would roll out a "green energy new deal," aimed at developing more environmentally sound energy resources in the state.

"We are hooked on coal, the whole country's hooked on coal and oil, and we're going to be for the foreseeable future," he said. "But we absolutely need to start a plan to get off coal and oil. We should have done this a long time ago, and now it's time to start."

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Post by SheikBen on Tue May 03, 2011 7:57 am

Hi Steph,

I love that there is a dissenting voice in WVA. I remember meeting Denise Giardina and being altogether impressed with her.

At the same time, I think they are misguided. Instead of trying to get WVA off of coal, they should be trying to find ways to bring the wealth from coal to actual West Virginians who do not live in South Hills. Some folks still make a decent living coal mining; I should like to see more do so and do so safely.


I wish to God that solar and wind would supply our needs, but they simply don't.

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Post by Cato on Tue May 03, 2011 9:55 am

SheikBen wrote:Hi Steph,

I love that there is a dissenting voice in WVA. I remember meeting Denise Giardina and being altogether impressed with her.

At the same time, I think they are misguided. Instead of trying to get WVA off of coal, they should be trying to find ways to bring the wealth from coal to actual West Virginians who do not live in South Hills. Some folks still make a decent living coal mining; I should like to see more do so and do so safely.


I wish to God that solar and wind would supply our needs, but they simply don't.



Like you, I'm glad there is a dissenting voice. I don't disagree with Mr. Baber that the time is fast approaching to consider alternative energy sources by the way. I just don't think it is the government's place to favor one form of energy production over another. We have already seen wha that has accomplished with the subsidities to oil, gas and coal and now to wind and solar. Instead, the market place should be the driving factor. Anyway, that is my opinion.

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