"Talk with Tennant" listening tour underway

Natalie-TennantWest Virginia Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Natalie E. Tennant announced plans to visit all 55 counties in West Virginia over the coming months and hear directly from West Virginians about the issues that matter most to them.

The "Talk with Tennant" listening tour is part of Tennant's continued campaign to put West Virginia first and replace Washington politics with West Virginia values.

"I'm running to put West Virginia first," Tennant said. "That's why I'm taking my campaign directly to the people of West Virginia to make their voices heard."

The Talk with Tennant listening tour will kick off later this week with stops in the Northern Panhandle and continue across the state over the coming months. Stops will include:

  • Discussions with West Virginia seniors about protecting Medicare and Social Security;
  • Roundtables with West Virginia workers and business leaders about ways to create jobs and opportunity for West Virginia families while protecting the safety of West Virginia workers;
  • Meetings with West Virginia students to discuss ways to make sure young West Virginians have access to the education and job opportunities they need to stay in West Virginia; and
  • Additional opportunities for West Virginians to bring their ideas and concerns directly to Tennant.

While Tennant works to put the concerns of West Virginians first, long-time Congresswoman Capito is returning to Washington where she:

  • Voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program and privatize Social Security;
  • Supported a shutdown that hurt West Virginia jobs while refusing to stand with West Virginia workers for a fair minimum wage;
  • Was the only member of the West Virginia delegation to vote against the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Act; and
  • Voted to let banks raise interest rates on student loans while allowing big banks that took taxpayer bailout money to continue paying out huge bonuses to CEOs.

"I've put nearly 200,000 miles on my car driving around West Virginia already, and everywhere I go, folks are fed up with Washington ways," Tennant said. "We deserve a Senator who will work for Main Street West Virginians, not Wall Street special interests."

The Talk with Tennant tour will not be the first time Tennant has visited all 55 West Virginia counties. Growing up as the youngest of seven children on her family farm, Tennant has worked to put West Virginia first her whole life - from working her way through college at West Virginia University, where she served as the Mountaineer mascot, to serving as West Virginia's Secretary of State, where she cut her own budget to return $3 million to West Virginia taxpayers.