Last Friday, Republican State Senator and Congressional Candidate Evan Jenkins kicked off a tour of the Third District, starting in Lewisburg, ranked the \u201cCoolest Small Town in America\u201d by Budget Travel Magazine.\r\nJenkins began the morning with a cup of coffee at the Wild Bean and spent the morning talking to small business owners on and around Washington Street.\r\n\u201cWest Virginia\u2019s success absolutely depends on the ability of small businesses in towns like Lewisburg to grow and offer well-paying jobs to hard-working West Virginians,\u201d said Jenkins. \u201cUnfortunately, President Obama\u2019s policies are preventing these entrepreneurs from realizing their full potential. I fully intend to fight on their behalf in Washington.\u201d\r\nJenkins spent the day meeting voters in Greenbrier County, before travelling to Mercer and Monroe Counties for the weekend.\r\nWednesday, July 31, Jenkins switched his party registration to Republican and announced his candidacy for Congress in the Third Congressional District. He has served for 17 years in the West Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate as a member of the Democratic Party, but came to the decision that the Democratic Party in Washington was hurting West Virginia. Jenkins also believes that 19-term incumbent Nick Rahall was not adequately fighting back against President Obama\u2019s anti-West Virginia agenda.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_555" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/mntmedia.biz\/messenger\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/08\/Evan-Jenkins2.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-555" alt="Republican State Senator and Congressional Candidate Evan Jenkins, seen here at the Wild Bean on Washington Street, spent the day meeting voters in Greenbrier County" src="http:\/\/mntmedia.biz\/messenger\/wp-content\/uploads\/2013\/08\/Evan-Jenkins2-300x233.jpg" width="300" height="233" \/><\/a> Republican State Senator and Congressional Candidate Evan Jenkins, seen here at the Wild Bean on Washington Street, spent the day meeting voters in Greenbrier County[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cNick Rahall is part of the Washington problem. He claims to stand up for coal, but voted for a budget that would destroy coal jobs in West Virginia,\u201d said Jenkins. \u201cWe need our member of Congress to fight President Obama\u2019s dangerous agenda, not campaign for it. I will fight for West Virginia\u2019s hard working families, its small businesses, and future generations of West Virginians that deserve to see a brighter and better tomorrow.\u201d\r\nMany 3rd District community leaders and concerned citizens have already come forward to publicly support Jenkins\u2019s campaign.\r\n\u201cI have had the pleasure of serving with Evan Jenkins in the West Virginia State Senate and I know him to be a diligent and dedicated public servant who always put his constituents before partisan politics. I welcome his decision to join the Republican Party and offer voters in the 3rd District the chance to support a true leader who will join Republicans in Washington in their fight against President Obama\u2019s destructive agenda. Evan has asked me to serve as the Chairman of his campaign for Congress and 1 have proudly accepted this role. Without question Evan is the best person to go to Washington and fight for Southern West Virginia.\u201d \u2014State Senator Bill Cole (R Mercer)\r\n\u201cEvan Jenkins is one of the leading lights in West Virginia. He cares deeply about our slate and its people. He has held almost every volunteer job available that would help working families. As a legislator he has led efforts to create new jobs and keep the ones we have. He is a person of the highest integrity. His word is his bond. He is one of the most trusted people in the WV legislature.\u201d \u2014Steve Roberts, President, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce\r\n\u201cAs the Attorney General-Elect, I was honored that Senator Evan Jenkirts served on my Transition Committee. Senator Jenkins understands that President Obama\u2019s policies have harmed West Virginia and that we need to take bold steps to ensure that West Virginia reaches its potential. Southern West Virginia is hurting and needs to look in a new direction for leadership. Jenkins\u2019 background and common-sense values are exactly what we need to help supercharge our economy as President Obama and his supporters turn their back on West Virginia. With this announcement, I am even more optimistic about our state\u2019s future.\u201d \u2014West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey\r\nTo learn more about Evan Jenkins, or to contribute, please visit: www.EvanJenkins.com.