BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – United States Congresswoman Carol Miller paid a visit to the Beckley area on Monday for a roundtable discussion with state leadership regarding issues on the state, local, and federal levels.
The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office hosted the event, which saw attendance from members of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Raleigh County Commission, and Beckley City Council, among others.
Sheriff Canaday addressed concerns of law enforcement with the congresswoman, citing the prevalence of narcotics among the community and lack of hiring incentives for law enforcement as some of the issues faced by those already in the profession.
“We have not, and refuse to, lower our standards,” said Sheriff Canaday. “We’ve got to do something to make this job desirable.”
Congresswoman Miller, member of a congressional task force aimed at deterring the trafficking of illegal narcotics into the country, addressed widespread concerns regarding the prevalence of these substances, asserting, “we have to control who’s coming into the country.
Obviously they want to be here because we have the best country. As much as people want to run us down, we have the best country, and we need to remember that it’s one nation, under God.”
The Congresswoman also heard concerns regarding inflation and infrastructure, with Delegate Jordan Maynor pointing out the struggles of local community members in being able to afford basic necessities such as milk and gas in light of spikes in prices.
Expressing gratitude for Congresswoman Miller’s efforts in representing the interests of the residents of West Virginia, Delegate Eric Brooks emphasized the significance of the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election in determining the direction of the United States going forward.
“This election that’s coming up is going to dictate the trajectory of our country in a significant way for the next few years,” said Delegate Brooks. “We’re at a breaking point.”
Speaking with LOOTPRESS, Congresswoman Miller spoke of representing West Virginias on the national level, alluding to a certain authenticity inherent within residents of the Mountain State.
“People are always so glad when they come into my office just to realize how real West Virginia people are,” she said. “I am so glad that I am from West Virginia, because we do reach out to each other and we do help each other.”
Additional LOOTPRESS coverage for the Raleigh County area can be found here.