Stephen Smith

Is West Virginia the next state to elect a pro-public-bank governor? According to an opinion piece by Hoppy Kercheval in the Metro News, gubernatorial candidate Stephen Smith is running an impressive campaign, having held dozens of town hall meetings, organized volunteers throughout the state, and raised nearly one-half million dollars so far. His plan includes creating a publicly owned State Bank of West Virginia to provide “venture capital, forgivable loans, living stipends for arts and entrepreneurs, seed capital.” Smith’s platform reads:

“At long last, we will open the State Bank of West Virginia to speed up small business growth, infrastructure financing, and eventually to start returning dividends to the people of our state. This is how we rebuild our economy.”

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