MARTINSBURG W.Va. (WVDN) – On Jan. 17, Marine Corps veteran and community organizer Zach Shrewsbury officially filed to run for the United States Senate to represent the state of West Virginia. Zach is running for the seat currently held by Senator Joe Manchin, who announced his retirement late last year.
Shrewsbury said, “I am running because it is beyond time for the working class people of West Virginia to have true representation in Washington. For generations, career politicians have lined their pockets and advanced their careers on the backs of the people of this state. We have been taken advantage of, manipulated, and exploited for long enough and our campaign aims to change that. I am cut from the same cloth as the working people of this state. I live the same hardships and face the same impossible situations as many Mountaineers and I’m ready to take my experiences to Washington and fight to help my neighbors thrive.”
Shrewsbury’s commitment to the people of West Virginia is as deep as his roots. As a multi-generation West Virginian, a Global War on Terrorism veteran, and the grandson of a coal miner, he understands the struggles faced by the working-class people of our state and has centered his campaign on those very issues. Fighting for all workers to have labor protections, ensuring access to quality and affordable healthcare for all people, expanding harm reduction and centering compassion over incarceration in the opioid epidemic, and eradicating homelessness and lifting people out of poverty are just a few of the policy issues front and center for the Shrewsbury campaign.
“For the first time in my lifetime, I am actually excited about a candidate. Zach is the antithesis of everything wrong with politics today and that is exactly what we need. We need people willing to fight for all of us, regardless of our socioeconomic status. West Virginians are sick and tired of being forced to fight for the breadcrumbs left behind by corporate politicians that only care about themselves. It’s time to shake up the status quo and send working class leadership to Washington,” said Heather Payne, a supporter of the Shrewsbury campaign.
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