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West Virginia can't wait.

I’m Stephen Smith and I’m running for Governor—but I’m not doing it alone. No single politician or party can win the change we need in West Virginia. Only a movement can. 

Why we’re beating Jim Justice

  • Winning in every public flash poll in part because volunteer teams have personally reached 159,009 West Virginians, one-on-one.
  • Organized a slate of 93 not-for-sale candidates who refuse to take corporate PAC money.
  • Built a New Deal Platform with input from more than 11,000 West Virginians at 191 Town Halls and 800+ visits across the state.
  • Received more donations from West Virginians than all opponents, combined.

Join the movement: check on your neighbors during the pandemic, phonebank, text bank, write postcards, and more!

Read our Coronavirus Plan for West Virginia. Find the latest in-state news and volunteer opportunities here on our Coronavirus Resource Page.

Meet Stephen

“You can feel it. This is a moment. Every fifty years or so in West Virginia history, the system becomes so broken and our burdens become so heavy that real change becomes necessary and possible. The Civil War, the Mine Wars, the Teachers’ Strike – it is in our blood to fight for our people, no matter their race, their accent, or who their father was. I’m running for Governor because I believe that this is one of those moments, and I want my 8 year-old son to know whose side I was on...” READ MORE ABOUT STEPHEN.

Our New Deal Platform

Tired of politicians who won’t give you a straight answer? Read our more than 30 detailed policy plans written by West Virginians, and you’ll see how we pay for them. Learn how we’ll Fix the Roads, Legalize Cannabis, End Election-Buying, Keep Our Wealth Here, Create Middle Class Jobs, and more. SEE ALL PLANS.

More NOT-FOR-SALE Candidates

Every single one of these candidates has pledged to never take corporate PAC money, to never cross a picket line, to never hide from a debate. Find out who is running in your area.

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What is West Virginia Can’t Wait? 

WV Can’t Wait is a movement to win a people’s government in the Mountain State. One Governor alone can’t save us. We need a thousand leaders, not one. Read recent news coverage about Stephen and the WV Can’t Wait movement here.



Together, we’ve broken the record for the most donations in a West Virginia Governor’s race, ever. People from every single county in the state have chipped in because we refuse corporate PAC money.



We have hundreds of volunteers in every corner of the state, and a whole slate of Not-For-Sale candidates running together. It will take 1,000 leaders not 1 to win a West Virginia that works for all of us.