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Ben Salango

Kanawha County Commissioner

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Ben Salango County Commissioner


Ben Salango is an attorney, county commissioner and business owner.   He is the founding member of Salango Law, PLLC.

As Kanawha County Commissioner, Mr. Salango led the initiated to develop the Shawnee Sports Complex which has brought in over $100 million in economic impact since its opening in 2018. Along with his fellow commissioners, Mr. Salango developed the Upper Kanawha Valley Business Assistance program (UKAN) to create businesses in the areas hardest hit by the decline of coal. In addition, the Kanawha County Commission became the first local government in West Virginia to offer employees 12 weeks of paid family leave for biological, adoptive and foster parents.  Mr. Salango has worked along-side the Kanawha Charleston Health Department during the Covid-19 pandemic creating programs to encourage vaccination including the Kanawha TEAMS program, focused on getting citizens ages 12-22 vaccinated.  Currently, Kanawha County leads the state in vaccination rate with 75% of its age eligible citizens having at least one dose of the vaccine.

Mr. Salango is a graduate of West Virginia University and West Virginia University College of Law.  He lives in Charleston with his wife Tera and their two children.

Recent Accomplishments

Lead the development of the Shawnee Sports Complex which has generated in excess of $100 million in economic impact since 2018.

Developed the Upper Kanawha Valley Business Assistance Program (UKAN) focusing on the redevelopment of the areas of Kanawha County hit hardest by the decline of coal.

Maintained a balanced budget and created jobs through economic development without raising taxes.