United States Senator Joe Manchin, III joined with Democratic leaders from throughout West Virginia in honoring Rachel Fanning, of Slaty Fork, as one of West Virginia\u2019s Outstanding Democrats of the Year. This Outstanding Democrat was selected by local county leaders for hard work and dedication to the Democratic Party in Pocahontas County. \r\n\r\nFanning received tribute from Democrats assembled at the recent Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner Celebration in Charleston on Friday, November 3, 2017. \r\n \r\nThis year\u2019s special Keynote Speaker was The Honorable Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader United States Senate. \r\nKaren Coria, a Putnam County Democratic leader and coordinator of the 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony indicated that the award was established to recognize local party officials and volunteers whom Democratic leaders feel have contributed most to the party\u2019s efforts. \r\n\r\n\u201cOur goal is to recognize these special people who have distinguished themselves by contributing to our society, by working within the framework of our democracy and political party system,\u201d Coria said. \r\n\r\nJoining Manchin and Coria in acknowledging the accomplishments of the honoree were State Treasurer John Perdue, State Executive Committee Chair Belinda Biafore and Vice Chair Bill Laird. \r\n \r\nThe honoree was honored with special recognition and presentations by party officials. \r\n\r\n\u201cThe efforts of the honoree demonstrates the importance of the work of every individual in affecting the outcome of local, state and national races. These people are the truly effective party workers.\u201d Coria added.