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Merry Christmas!  I wish all a very happy holiday season and look forward to welcoming the coming New Year!  It promises to be an interesting 2017 Legislative Session.  There will be a lot of new faces at the Capitol and a huge budget hole to try to fill! 

Protecting our current resources will be high on the list for county government.  But for now, hug your loved ones, tell those that you love how much you do, and enjoy family and friends around your holiday table! 

May 2017 bring peace and good fortune to you and yours!

Election Day 2016…it’s almost here and what an election! 

A new President of the United States, a new Governor for the State, and a new Senate President as well! 

That’s some major leadership change…Trump or Hillary, Justice or Cole, and Senate President, well that will depend on whether the majority in the Senate remains Republican or switches to Democrat. 

November 8, 2016, will determine the future for our state in many ways and will help chart the course for CCAWV’s legislative strategies in the upcoming session.  Our CCAWV Legislative Committee will meet in November, following Election Day, to formulate our plans.

Local county leadership will also be decided in a big way….every constitutional office in the courthouse is on the ballot in 2016.  There are several retirements coming and the May primary resulted in more change. 

With a total of 57 county commission seats up for grabs; 12 incumbents won their primary in May and have no opposition in the general, 16 incumbents retired, 10 incumbents lost in the primary and 19 incumbent elections will be determined on November 8th.  

With at least a 46% turnover, the CCAWV Basic Training Program for newly elected County Commissioners is
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! 

It is scheduled for November 30-December 2, 2016 at the Best

Wow…summer is over and the Fall Board Meeting is just around the corner.  Time to start thinking about the county legislative issues for 2017.  Regional meetings will be held in December this year due to elections in November and a delayed legislative session that will begin on February 8th.   Speaking of elections, good luck to all those commissioners seeking reelection!  I wish you successful returns and a smooth election process.

Our Annual CCAWV meeting, held in Canaan Valley this year, went great.  Attendance was good and the agenda feedback was excellent.  Congratulations to Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett, recipient of the 2016 James Booton CCAWV Rising Star Award!  Greg is an active CCAWV Legislative Committee member and represents West Virginia on the NACo Opioid Task Force!  To those unable to attend, we missed you!  It was a great exchange of issues, ideas, and solutions, some of the best yet!

It is often the toughest times that produce the best ideas…one such idea was the creation of a county disaster resource hub by the association and we’ll be sharing more about that with you soon!  We are also working on Long Term Recovery training and held our first workshop on August 26th.  Additional efforts are in the works, stay tuned.  Happy Fall, Y’all!

July is a busy month! CCAWV is hustling to finalize plans for our annual meeting held this year at the Waterfront Hotel in Monongalia County, August 9-11! Our theme “Play Ball,” is very fitting for early August in one of our “university cities!” Tony Caridi, the sports announcer for Mountaineer football will “kick” things off to a motivating start at our Sunday evening welcoming tailgate party! Join us! I think you’ll find the time well spent!

West Virginia was well represented at the NACo conference this month in Charlotte, NC. CCAWV co-hosted the WV delegation dinner of about 40 folks, including attendees and guests! As always, the conference featured great speakers and subject matter! And the networking…we were able to meet with some folks from Oregon to discuss their charter/home rule county government options!

At the recent board meeting, members discussed the importance of aligning our legislative initiatives earlier in our process, which will include adopting our official agenda prior to the August annual meeting. That will give us a better opportunity to communicate those positions with the entire membership, answer questions and gather commitment! We'll reinforce those positions and seek legislative sponsors during our fall regional meetings!

We sincerely hope you'll do your part to submit any legislative issues earlier and join/support our efforts to strengthen your CCAWV legislative message!

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