W.Va. Del. Daryl E. Cowles seeks fourth term

March 26, 2012
  • Del. Daryl E. Cowles
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Republican Del. Daryl E. Cowles of Berkeley Springs has filed for re-election.

He is seeking a fourth term representing the newly configured 58th District.

“There remains much work to do at the state capital,” Cowles said in a news release. “Our citizens continue to struggle with a poor employment outlook, a subpar state education system and an uncompetitive business atmosphere. We have had some limited success in lowering the sales tax on food, reducing business taxes and providing some investments in infrastructure, but we must do more.”

West Virginia’s primary election is May 8.

The West Virginia Legislature is a part-time citizen legislature that meets in regular session each year for 60 days. The 58th District includes most of Morgan County and the eastern part of Hampshire County. The district includes the municipalities of Bath (Berkeley Springs), Paw Paw and Capon Bridge.

Cowles, who is running unopposed, was first elected in 2006, and re-elected in 2008 and 2010. He serves on the House Finance Committee; the Committee on Political Subdivisions, where he is the minority vice chairman; and the Committee on Roads and Transportation, where he is the minority chairman. Cowles also serves as an assistant minority whip and as assistant caucus chairman for the House Republican caucus.

Cowles is a native of Morgan County, where he has been active in the community. He has served on various local boards and commissions, including the chamber of commerce, the Morgan County Planning Commission and the Economic Development Authority. He is also an active member of the Morgan County Farm Bureau.

Cowles manages a family-owned residential construction company in Berkeley Springs.

He and his wife have four children.

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