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Ninety-seven voters attended the Hampshire Can’t Wait Town Hall in Romney, West Virginia, on a Monday night, more than a year before Election Day. 

Remarks from Hampshire co-Captain Charlie Streisel:

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Good evening. My name is Charlie Streisel.

I would like to thank you for taking time away from your busy schedules to come out tonight and share some good food, provided by Lost Mountain BBQ Company, and meet one of the founders of WV Can’t Wait, the next Governor of West Virginia ,Stephen Smith!

I’d like to thank the many people who helped me pull this evening together, especially Josh Arnold, who provided the food; Bob Mayhew, who secured this room; and Dorothy Kenga, for all the table decorations, and more important, keeping me organized, which I might add is no small task.

We are here [at this Town Hall] so you can meet people who share in our excitement for a new and better direction for West Virginia. I’m proud to be a part of the WV Can’t Wait movement.

As Stephen will tell you, this is not about him, but the ideals that this organization is striving for, of which the essence is GET THE DIRTY MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!

I have learned a great deal while organizing this event. I have learned that there are many people out there wanting an avenue for expressing their frustration with the current political climate. I have learned that we Americans are hardy folks, and will rise to the challenge of bringing back civility to our political system. The size of this group is a testament to that fact!

Folks, we must take back our government from the corporations and the powers that threaten our way of life! If we do not, I’m not sure we’ll recognize this country in 10 or 20 years.

Stephen has created a spark in me that has lain dormant for years, and I will work hard to bring to fruition this dream of what West Virginia can be. We need a government of the people, by the people, and for the people…

I am so glad you’re here tonight, not just to listen and learn, but to consider pitching in your own time, or money, or expertise. We need you. West Virginia needs you!

With that said, I would like to introduce the next governor of West Virginia, Stephen Noble Smith!

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We deserve a government that puts voters and working West Virginians first—and we can have one, if we fight for it.