FAYETTEVILLE — West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Salango made a campaign swing through parts of Fayette County earlier this month, visiting with small business owners and listening to potential voters as he seeks to unseat incumbent Gov. Jim Justice in November.

"We're getting out and meeting with small business owners all over West Virginia," Salango, a current Kanawha County commissioner, said following a visit to the Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville. "There are so many great small businesses here in Fayetteville and in Fayette County."

The trip was about meeting some of those owners, like Secret Sandwich Society's Lewis Rhinehart, and discussing their needs, said Salango.

"We've got to make sure we're paying attention to our small businesses," which he called the "backbone" of West Virginia. "We've got to make sure we're using our CARES Act money to make sure that they are stable and make sure they get through this (Covid-19 pandemic)," Salango said. "Many of them are concerned about not getting CARES Act money out timely, and they're struggling. Secret Sandwich Society was able to transition (to outdoor dining). Not every business has been able to do that and make that smooth transition."

The goal should be to "make sure the CARES Act money is getting out to small businesses and keeping them alive."

"We need a governor who actually is paying attention to the people," Salango added. "We need a governor who's not about self-service, but is about public service, and that's what I've been about my entire career, both as a lawyer and a county commissioner."

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