UPDATE | Kanawha County commissioner officially announces run for governor

Kanawha County Commisioner Ben Salango announced that he is running for governor of West Virginia Thursday afternoon in Charleston.
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/10/19 @ 12:30 p.m.
Kanawha County Commisioner Ben Salango announced that he is running for governor of West Virginia Thursday afternoon in Charleston.

Salango said, “This place means a lot to me because it proves that with the right kind of help our communities can work to lift themselves up. If shows that if we put in the work – together – we can make a start at giving our kids and our communities a chance at a better life.”

Salango has been a member of the Kanawha County Commission since February 2017. He was a elected to a full term in November 2018.

He added, “We need to try something different here in West Virginia. We need a Governor we can be proud of. Not one who is constantly buried in controversy, lawsuits and ethical scandals. Someone who understands hard work. Someone who actually wants the job, rather than the title. We need a governor who is ready to lead by example.”

Salango was the Kanawha County commissioner who worked to create the Shawnee Sports Complex in Dunbar. A press release from Salango states that Shawnee Sports Complex has made $20 million in revenue this year.

“We need a governor who is hands-on and who will work to create good paying jobs all over the state, not just in the parts where his business interests lie. We need a governor who will fight to stop the flow of illegal drugs and to make the education of our kids an actual priority rather than a political talking point,” Salango said.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/4/19
Attorney and Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango will formally announce next Thursday his plans to run for West Virginia governor.

The Democrat tells WSAZ that he has no further comment at this time.

Salango joined the Kanawha County Commission in February 2017. He replaced long-time commissioner Dave Hardy who became the state's revenue secretary. Salango was then elected to a full term in November 2018.

Salango, who was raised in Raleigh County, is a founding member of the law firm Preston & Salagno.

He is married to the Honorable Tera Salango who serves as a Kanawha County Circuit Judge.

The couple has two teenagers.