INWOOD, W.Va. — Editor's note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail will be running over the next several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website, www.herald-mail.com, through the West Virginia primary on May 8. To submit announcements, email them and a color photo (preferably a jpeg) to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Any questions? Call 301-791-7281.
Larry W. Faircloth is a candidate for the 60th District seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
He is running against Gary W. Kelley of Martinsburg for the Republican nomination for the seat in the May 8 West Virginia primary. Early voting begins April 25.
Faircloth, who turns 41 later this month, is a lifelong resident of Inwood and a married father of three. He is self-employed in the real estate business and also does some marketing and business promotion work.
His father, Larry V. Faircloth, served as a delegate representing the southern portion of Berkeley County for more than two decades.
In a news release, the younger Faircloth said he is an advocate for local residents.
“We have set back too long and allowed our tax dollars to go to Charleston, with little returns for the Eastern Panhandle,” Faircloth said in the release.
He said he is no stranger to local politics and he is ready to tackle the issues.
Being a small-business owner, he said he understands what a “bad economy over the last six years” has done to his area.
“We have to step up and do something to stabilize our business structure here,” he said in the release.
“Every day, small-business owners wonder whether or not they will be able to open their doors next week, and if so, when they will be able to start hiring employees again.”
Faircloth said West Virginia is not a business-friendly state.
“I have a plan. A strong one. West Virginia is known as the lawsuit state for a reason. We have no tort reform. That scares big business from opening its doors in West Virginia.
“We are willing to bend over backwards to appease a large company to come to our state with all kinds of tax breaks, but we are missing the bigger picture,” he said in the release.
He said the state should focus on small-business owners.
“We should make it easier for them to grow. We can give them the same kind of tax breaks, workers compensation alleviation, and a break with unemployment factors. That is how you get small-business owners back in the game again, and how you get people back to work.”
Faircloth also intends to address the infastructure issues of the area. “Many residents of South Berkeley County know all too well the traffic chaos they have to endure on a daily basis just to get through the Inwood area. I have a way, and a well-organized plan to fix this issue; and it will be fixed before I finish the first term of office if elected. But the infastructure issues just don’t stop there.”
For more information, www.larrywfaircloth.com.