The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 23, 2013

Fayette Democrats plan special evening

OAK HILL — The Fayette County Democrat Executive Committee will host its third annual Fayette County Democratic Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Lewis Community Center, 469 Central Avenue.

The public is invited to the event, at which Congressman Rush D. Holt Jr. will be the featured speaker.

Holt is the United States representative for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, but his roots are in West Virginia, as he was born in Weston. His father, Rush D. Holt Sr., served as a United States senator from West Virginia from 1935-1941 and the Congressman’s mother, Helen Holt, was the first woman to be appointed West Virginia Secretary of State.

In addition to Holt’s visit, several deserving Fayette County Democrats will be honored during the evening. Former state senators Robert K. Holliday and Shirley Love will be presented with lifetime service awards for their contributions to the county and service to the Democratic Party. Commissioner Matthew Wender will be recognized as Fayette County’s 2013 Outstanding Democrat of the Year. The Young Democrat of the Year for 2013 is Paul Lee.

The event will be televised live on WQAZ, Channel 4, a local access station serving Fayette and parts of Raleigh County.

Ticket prices for the fried fish or baked chicken dinner are $15 per person and must be purchased in advance. They are available at Wisteria’s Gifts in Fayetteville, by calling Marion Tanner at 304-228-5394 or by e-mailing

Checks should be made payable to the Fayette County Democratic Executive Committee, and tickets can be picked up at the door.

There will be silent and live auctions.

Board of Public Works attendance confirmations to date include Natalie Tennant, secretary of state and declared U.S. Senate candidate; and Walt Helmick, secretary of agriculture, who will conduct live auctions.