Sen. Manchin to host meeting

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III is giving local residents an opportunity this week to make their voices heard.

On Friday, Manchin, D-W.Va., will hold a Town Hall meeting with area residents and community leaders at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“We have extended a personal invitation to various nonprofit organizations, community leaders and government officials, but this meeting is open to the public and we encourage area residents to attend and share their views with Sen. Manchin,” said Jonathan Kott, Manchin’s communications director.

Manchin has stated his overall “common sense” political agenda includes: creating energy independence, fiscal responsibility, new jobs and keeping promises to seniors and veterans.

“There will be questions from the audience, and he’ll talk about what’s going on in Washington, D.C.,” said Jess Arbogast, executive director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. “The board of the Chamber of Commerce, the Randolph County Development Authority, the mayor of Elkins and the Randolph County Commission have been invited,” Arbogast said.

In April, a Manchin-sponsored bill that would have expanded gun background checks nationwide failed to overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

Manchin was sworn into the Senate on Nov. 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.