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Former Coal Miner Out-Mobilizes Millionaire in Big Win for W.Va. Workers

05.15.12

Former Coal Miner Out-Mobilizes Millionaire in Big Win for W.Va. Workers

by Nora Frederickson

Can a former coal miner win an election against a millionaire? Just ask Clyde McKnight.

A retired coal miner from southern West Virginia, he worked for more than 30 years in the mines and currently serves as the South Central AFL-CIO president. McKnight defeated millionaire and former gubernatorial candidate Melvin Kessler in the Democratic primary by a razor-thin margin of 52 votes this past Tuesday, a win in large part to the grassroots efforts of working people.

A former coal miner beating out a millionaire for a state representative seat was just one of the success stories in West Virginia’s primary election. More than one-third of the 100 candidates that the West Virginia AFL-CIO endorsed this year were union members. And they’re enjoying a high success rate –of the 34 union members who ran in the state primary on Tuesday, 30 won their races….

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http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Former-Coal-Miner-Out-Mobilizes-Millionaire-in-Big-Win-for-W.Va.-Workers

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