Espinosa seeks open seat in W.Va. House 66th District

January 23, 2012
  • Paul Espinosa
Paul Espinosa

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Paul Espinosa has filed as a candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates 66th District seat.

Espinosa, 49, said he will seek the Republican nomination for the newly created district. The 66th Delegate district is wholly situated in Jefferson County and includes the Shannondale, Rippon, Middleway and Kearneysville areas.

“I believe Jefferson County needs a strong, fiscally conservative representative for the 66th district,” Espinosa said in a news release. “I’m confident I can effectively represent the 66th District and serve as an advocate on issues we care about, including economic development, first-rate schools, greater government accountability and transparency, and controlling government spending.”

Espinosa, a general manager for Frontier Communications, said he plans to use a grass-roots campaign to reach out to a broad base of Jefferson County residents.

Espinosa, a native of Jefferson County, is a past president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Jefferson County Development Authority and as chair-elect of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle.

Espinosa said in the release he can effectively represent the values of the 66th district through his commitment to economic growth, job creation and improving the quality of life in Jefferson County.

“It will be my goal to create legislation that champions local business and aids in growing West Virginia’s economy,” Espinosa said in the release. “I recognize that small businesses are critical to our economy, and I’m confident that West Virginia will realize the prosperity the rest of the nation enjoys as we become more competitive with our tax code, our regulatory climate and our legal system.”

Espinosa and his wife, Cathy, reside in Pembroke Grove near Summit Point, W.Va., and are the parents of three children who have attended local public schools. He believes a good education is necessary for children to succeed because with good education comes better opportunities, higher salaries and a better future.

“We all want common sense solutions from our legislators,” added Espinosa. “I’ll bring a strong, persevering work ethic to the legislature, and I’m confident I can work with other members of our local delegation for the benefit of Jefferson County.”

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