Efforts are still in high gear to help victims of the June flooding that took more than 20 lives, left thousands homeless, and resulted in an estimated 36 million dollars in road damage.
Some candidates vying for office have expended a minimum amount of energy. Others have done only enough to put themselves in the public eye, to obtain the coveted photo op. Some candidates are to be praised for their 100 percent commitment to helping victims of the historic flooding.
Melissa Riggs Huffman, the Democratic candidate in the District 40 House of Delegates race, is definitively in the latter group.
Earlier in the year she set aside her campaign and focused solely on being a helper and playing a role at the front of the pack in organizing volunteer work.
“Just to make sure everyone understands, and I know that those who really know me do, my campaign is suspended right now,” she said. “I’m not even telling people who I am when we go door to door. “I’m not doing photo ops. I’m taking care of my hometown because I want to. I’m using my campaign page instead of my personal page because I can reach a wider audience and get more accomplished. I just felt that needed to be said. So now we don’t have to talk about it anymore and can continue to do what needs to be done!”
The Timeline on her Facebook page documents just how important flood relief is to her. A sampling:
- Acknowledging other helpers, including fellow candidates Glenn Jeffries and Mike Pushkin, as well as Tracy White
- Letting everyone know what an “amazing job” the Coast Guard did
- Announcing news of a $100,000 donation by the PGA Tour
- Sharing the word about a benefit concert for Elk River flood victims
- Spotlighting the United Mine Workers of America for its $20,000 donation
- Offering to deliver supplies to those in need
- Promoting the Floodstock benefit concert at Roni’s Pizza bar and more in Elkview
- Seeking donations to purchase supplies for Poca Fork Baptist Church Flood Relief
- Circulating details about rebuilding efforts through Project Hope
Moreover, because multiple schools were adversely impacted by the flooding, Huffman helps the Bridge Elementary School children she teaches, and is also welcoming and loving children from Clendenin Elementary School.
“She makes such a difference in the lives of children, teaching them to reach for the stars and helping them accomplish their goals,” says Cathy Estep, a Huffman supporter. “The Kanawha County School system is blessed to have her, and so are the constituents of District 40.”
Melissa Huffman Is Awesome
Leading the charge with daily trips to areas ravaged by the flooding, Huffman helped spearhead the relief effort because she is truly a good person who wants to make the world a better place.
Therefore, residents of District 40 must look into their hearts and make the right choice in voting for Huffman as she battles House Speaker Tim Armstead in the general election on November 8.
Huffman supports second chances for first-time offenders of nonviolent crimes convicted of misdemeanors and low-level felonies. In turn, the second chance movement is behind her all the way.
Thank you, Melissa. Thank you, everyone who helped and continues to toil selflessly.
Thank you, dear reader, for your attention and for staying the course as we move forward to make West Virginia the best it can be.
Next time on September 17 on Second Chances For West Virginians: Glenn Jeffries Pours Mind, Body, and Spirit Into Flood Relief
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Robert Grossman has written for radio and TV news reporting as well as newspapers and magazines, including Bicycling and Professional Pilot.
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