Governor Jim Justice suspends campaign fundraisers, political events to lead coronavirus response

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice waves to the crowd as he delivers his inauguration speech, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/ Walter Scriptunas II)

Charleston, WV (WOAY) – Governor Jim Justice announced today that he is suspending all public events and fundraisers for his re-election campaign as a result of the evolving concerns over the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Governor Justice’s top priority is protecting the people of West Virginia from coronavirus and preparing for its potential future spread. He is leading the state’s effort every day, and that is his top priority,” said Roman Stauffer, Campaign Manager for Governor Jim Justice.

Governor Justice looks forward to returning to the campaign trail in the future. While Governor Justice leads the response to coronavirus, the campaign will use other methods to contact and reach voters that does not include person to person contact.

West Virginians are strong and caring. We love our neighbors and care for each other in challenging times. Now is not the time for panic. Please check in with loved ones, friends, seniors, and those in your community. West Virginia will always remain strong.

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