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Gubernatorial candidate Jody Murphy to hold first public event

PARKERSBURG — A Democratic candidate for governor of West Virginia will hold his first public reception next week in Parkersburg.

“An Evening with Jody Murphy” featuring Jody Murphy of Parkersburg will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The meet-and-greet will be hosted by Brad Kimes and his wife, Kristy-Hickman Kimes.

Murphy filed pre-candidacy papers on the Democratic Party ticket for a gubernatorial campaign in January. Pre-candidacy filings allow the prospective candidate to raise funds without committing to an office. The filing period for candidacy is in January.

“I’ve spent the last several months traveling the state meeting with Democratic party officials and voters,” he said. “And I’ve never asked anyone for a dime. My time, up until now, has been spent talking about and sharing my ideas to improve the state’s economy and growing and retaining residents.”

The event is an opportunity to meet with Murphy and hear first-hand about his ideas to improve West Virginia.

“I want to talk with voters and let them know about my specific ideas to improve West Virginia,” Murphy said. “I am the only candidate to unveil his platform ideas and share a number of specific ideas to grow the state’s economy, improve and retain residency and address some of the other problems affecting the state and its people.”

It is free and open to the public, but donations will be appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Brad Kimes is a former Parkersburg City Council member and longtime business owner.

“Brad is a great, wonderful person, who was a fine public servant to the city, as well as a successful business owner and thriving community-minded person. I am humbled and grateful someone of his character would want to host an event for me,” Murphy said.

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