IADLC Endorses Natalie Tennant for U.S. Senate from West Virginia



Bob Blancato, IADLC Chair

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IADLC Endorses Natalie Tennant for U.S. Senate from West Virginia

WV Secretary of State would join fellow Italian American US Senator Joe Manchin 

The Italian American Democratic Leadership Council (IADLC), the voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party, endorses Natalie Tennant for U.S Senate in West Virginia. Natalie Tennant currently serves as Secretary of State for West Virginia and has since 2008. She is running for the seat vacated by the retiring Democratic Senator, Jay Rockefeller.

Family from Calabria

Natalie is Italian on her mother’s side and her ancestors can be traced back to San Giovanni in Fiore, which she has travelled back to wither mother in celebration of the Feast of Saint John in recent years. Natalie’s grandparents, Joe Brunetti and Catherine DeLuca came to the United States and settled in West Virginia---they were the first couple married in St. James Catholic Church in North View. Natalie’s Italian heritage was an important part of her upbringing and she fondly remembers selling pizza with her Uncle Smitty Brunetti and participating as a princess in the 1986 Italian Festival. In 2010, she was honored by the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival as the Italian American Woman of the Year.

Experienced Public Servant

Natalie made an impressive run in the gubernatorial special election in 2011 but ultimately fell short in the primary to acting governor, Earl Ray Tomblin. She began her career in broadcast journalism, anchoring the news in Clarksburg and Charleston. Later, Natalie became a small business owner when she and her husband started their own media production company, Wells Media LLC.

Natalie’s tenure as Secretary of State has demonstrated that she’s a leader that is not afraid to break from party lines in order to put the people of West Virginia first. Since taking office in 2008, Natalie has

·         Cut the budget of her office by 20% ($3 million) by eliminating wasteful programs and spending.

·         Increased business growth and governmental efficiency by cutting red tape and increasing online filings.

·         Advocated for veterans and their families. The wife and daughter of veterans, Natalie has been committed to helping soldiers by streamlining voting abroad and in helping returning soldiers find jobs and start businesses.

Backed by US Senator Manchin

Fellow Italian American, Senator Joe Manchin has also endorsed Natalie and said, ““Natalie Tennant is a proven statewide leader. I have known Natalie and her family for many years and a dedication to public service runs deep in her blood. In today’s twenty-four-hour news cycle and toxic political atmosphere, Natalie is truly passionate about our state and has a strong commitment to serving the public.”

About the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council

The Italian American Democratic Leadership Council is confident that Natalie Tennant will continue to be an advocate for the people of West Virginia.

Visit http://www.natalietennant.com/ to learn more about Natalie and her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia.   

For almost twenty years, the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council has been the national voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party -- the national political action committee supporting candidates for Congress and major statewide offices, reaching out to Italian American voters for their presidential candidates, and promoting the appointment of Italian Americans at the national level. To learn more about the IADLC visit http://www.iadlc.org/.


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