Tomblin made stops in not only Point Pleasant but ICL in Gallipolis Ferry where he took a tour of the plant and met with a number of employees. Before arriving in Mason County, the governor began his day on Wednesday in Huntington with a push for early voting at his campaign headquarters and a private lunch with a civic group, followed by a veterans rally at the American Legion in Barboursville.
While in Point Pleasant, Tomblin said he was making a push for early voting and feeling good about the race, as well as hoping to get back to creating jobs as governor. With the race (and rhetoric) heating up between Democrat Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney, the governor said he wanted the voters to realize he’d been a force in state government for years — pointing out the financial stability of West Virginia, reminding the state ended up with a surplus at the end of the year. He spoke about the state’s bond rating continuing to go up, how this saves the taxpayers money and the decreases in premiums paid to workers compensation.
Tomblin continued to hit upon attracting and developing businesses in the state, mentioning various economic development projects across West Virginia which resulted in jobs. He also spoke about the promise of even more when it comes to Marcellus Shale and its natural gas reserves.
“We’re talking about bringing multi-billion dollars into West Virginia’s revenue,” he said in reference to Marcellus Shale.
Tomblin also said he hopes to finally eliminate the food tax.
Last week, a poll conducted by The Mellman Group for the Democratic Governors Association showed Tomblin was leading Maloney 46 to 36 percent, though Tomblin’s lead had lessened slightly from a poll done in late August.