Congressional Candidate Zane Lawhorn Announces Major Donation to Greenlight King Coal Highway
Princeton, WV (Nov. 1)
Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in the 3rd Congressional District Zane Lawhorn today announced that he has secured $100 million in private funding to begin construction on the King Coal Highway. The King Coal Highway is a major artery on the books, but otherwise unfunded, for southern West Virginia, proposed to run from Bluefield in Mercer County to Williamson in Mingo County (and then further to connect to Huntington). If construction can begin again, it would mean a significant boost in roadway jobs and its completion would signal a renaissance of economic growth in the entire region.
Lawhorn has been working for months behind the scenes with a highly successful and financially wealthy West Virginia businessman, who would fund the beginning of construction to the tune of $100 million as a grant to benefit the people of West Virginia. “I’ve promised that I would work tirelessly to promote job creation in the 3rd District,” said Lawhorn, a consultant and confidant of the donor, who has requested anonymity while negotiations would be undertaken with the state Department of Highways. “This road project is just one example of what we can accomplish with some fresh thinking on the part of our elected representatives,” he added. The road would be called the “King Highway Project” and would employ only West Virginia-based workers on the venture.
The $100 million donation would cover about one-tenth of the estimated cost to complete the entire roadway.
Lawhorn and the donor believe that private enterprise is the most effective and reliable engine of job creation and that “when government removes regulatory roadblocks from the economy, prosperity comes knocking for everyone in the community.” Lawhorn has also proposed a comprehensive “JOBS Plan” that includes putting coal miners back to work, reforming banking laws, and lowering taxes. “We just have to get government out of the way,” said Lawhorn.
Lawhorn, a practicing eye doctor with offices in Princeton and Beckley, has previously worked with the donor to consider a bid for the U.S. Navy’s Sugar Grove facility being put up for public auction in Pendleton County. In his bid for the U.S. House seat, he has promised that “as your Congressman, I won’t get paid until 1,000 jobs are created in the district.” Elected or not, Lawhorn will continue working with the donor in pursuit of this King Coal Highway endeavor.