Justice pausing gubernatorial campaign to focus on WV flood victims

LEWISBURG, WV (AP) - Jim Justice, the Democratic nominee for governor of West Virginia, says he will pause his campaign for at least two weeks so he can concentrate on helping flood victims.

Justice says he has started a relief fund called Neighbors Loving Neighbors to help those who lost their homes or other possessions in last week's devastating floods that killed 23 people.

He says "politicking is the last thing that's on my mind," and though his headquarters will remain open, he won't personally campaign.

Thousands of homes and businesses across the mountainous state were damaged or destroyed when up to 9 inches of rain fell in a short span, causing perhaps the worst flooding West Virginia has seen in three decades. More than 400 people are living in shelters statewide.

About the Author: