GRUNDY, Va. – Now, he has it on his business card: Virginia coal miner, underground and surface.
It’s part of an effort by independent congressional candidate Jeremiah Heaton to win a constituency long held by U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, who’s served Virginia’s 9th District since 1983.
This week, Heaton is working in a coal mine to prove his understanding of the common man and his loyalty to the coal industry – a step he says Boucher, and Boucher’s Republican opponents, just aren’t willing to take.
“A component I feel is missing from leadership in America that has disappeared over the years is hands-on experience and real-world experience,” said Heaton, 33.
He has served in the Army, attended college on the GI Bill, and now owns a general store in Washington County.
“I don’t think I can adequately represent the district unless I understand energy policy from the face of the coal out,” he said.
Hell yes. Sorry GOP, but this young man is THE COALFIELDS. Be afraid Rick and others...
As an adage goes in Southwest Virginia politics, he who carries the coalfields, carries the district.
Heaton, working more than a mile into the ground, is striking at the heart of Boucher’s territory.