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Former intelligence officer seeking 55th District seat in W.Va.

November 24, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARLOWE, W.Va. -- A former defense intelligence officer has announced his candidacy to represent northern Berkeley County in the 55th District of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

In prepared remarks given Nov. 11 at Marlowe Elementary School, Donn E. Marshall, 45, said he wanted his campaign for office to reflect "the same high standards of service and sacrifice that our veterans and their families have displayed throughout the years."

Marshall is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May primary election. The seat is currently held by Republican Del. John Overington.

Marshall, who is originally from Morgantown, W.Va., said he worked side by side with uniformed military personnel at the Defense Intelligence Agency, a combat support unit in Washington, D.C., until 2003, when he resigned to work as a consultant for area nonprofit organizations.


Two years earlier, Marshall's wife, Shelley, who also worked for the DIA, was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, where she was stationed, Marshall said.

He has remarried and resides in the Martinsburg area with his wife, Heather, and his two children.

"West Virginia gave me my start in life and it gave me a second chance at life," Marshall said. "I owe this state, and you, an incredible debt, and being a delegate is one of the ways I can begin to offer something in return."

Marshall noted in his speech that the community's commitment to education that was demonstrated in building the historic elementary school "set an example of hard work and sacrifice that will guide my actions in Charleston (W.Va.)."

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