CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friday night was a big night for the West Virginia Republican Party.
It was their annual Fall Freedom dinner, and the party welcomed a politician from the national stage, Mike Huckabee.
The event was a time for party leaders to brainstorm, but also encourage younger members to get involved.
When Ethan Anderson heard that Huckabee was coming to Charleston, he knew he had to be there.
"It's just awesome," said Anderson, "to see a great Republican like he is, strong in his core values."
However, more than the celebrity factor, Anderson knew it was his political duty.
"The main goal with the GOP right now is they're strong on grassroots," said Anderson.
That was the message Anderson showed Friday night, bringing friends to the Republican party's Fall Freedom dinner.
It's also the message Huckabee mentioned time and time again.
In addition, the former governor focused on the economy, taxes, and the value of hard work.
"They wanted liberty, they wanted to be free, they wanted their children to grow up with the opportunity to dream their dreams and get there," said Huckabee.
When asked about West Virginia's political shift to the right, Huckabee compared it to his own experiences in Arkansas.
"People started asking themselves if the people at the national level are as liberal as these guys as these guys are, why are we supporting them at the local level," said Huckabee, "because when they grow up, they'll turn into that."
In the end, Huckabee had one strong message for residents of West Virginia: start small and work for change.
"Don't give up their hope, don't give up their hope," said Huckabee, "because politics, no matter what it looks like today, the genius of politics today is that we can always change it."
When asked about a possible presidential run in 2016, Huckabee admitted that he's considering it, but that a timetable for a final decision is a long ways away. Either way, he says he will be out front helping the candidate he feels will best lead our nation in the future.