Republican Club holds meeting with candidates

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Ben Anderson and John Wyatt entertain during the Trump Train Dinner on Saturday, Mar. 24. Listening are Dr. Doug McKinney and Rose Dobbins.

Despite predicted snowy weather on Saturday, Mar. 24, over 200 interested and committed citizens gathered for the Trump Train Dinner sponsored by the Greenbrier County Republican Club.

Featured were 15 of the 17 Republican candidates running in the May 8 primary election. All the funds raised by the dinner will be used to support the Republican candidates who win the primary race. All elected Greenbrier County and statewide officials were recognized.

Before dinner, the crowd stood attentively as Tristan Deeds led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Ben Anderson singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Ben was joined by troubadour John Wyatt to lead the diners in Almost Heaven West Virginia. Wyatt  then entertained the group with an original composition entitled Stand Tall America, then offered the invocation. Dinner was catered by We Cook Catering. Security was provided by 3B Security.

Candidates spoke on their vision, hopes and plans for West Virginia and the country. Speaking were candidates for the US Senate: Don Blankenship, Bo Copley, Evan Jenkins, Jack Newbrough and Tom Willis. For the US House of Representatives: Ayne Amjad, Marty Gearheart, Conrad Lucas and Carol Miller. For the WV Senate: George “Boogie” Ambler and Dan Hill. For the WV House of Delegates: Denny Canterbury, Tyler Hilton, Steve Malcomb and Andrew Utterback.

The event closed with Ron Kirk leading the attendees in a rousing version of God Bless America.