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Business owner vying for seat in W.Va. House of Delegates

Kelley running for 60th District post

April 30, 2012
  • Gary Kelley
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Business owner Gary Kelley is running for the West Virginia House of Delegates in the 60th District.

Kelley, who owns Kelley All-State Insurance agencies in Martinsburg, Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., and is an active member of the  community, said he intends to “level the playing field for the Eastern Panhandle in Charleston.”

He is seeking the Republican nomination for the 60th District in the May 8 primary. His opponent is Larry W. Faircloth. No Democrat has filed for the seat.

Kelley, 57, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.

He has more than 29 years of management experience and agency ownership in the insurance industry. Kelley has achieved success in business through hard work and taking personal responsibility. With nearly 9,000 customers, his company has been recognized as exceptional in its industry.

In his campaign announcement, Kelley said he is focusing on jobs, lower taxes and creating an environment of accountability in Charleston, W.Va.

As a small-business owner and employer in the Eastern Panhandle, Kelley said he has seen firsthand the negative effects state tax laws have had on employment and businesses in West Virginia.

He said he wants government to know and do its part.

“Every department of state government must justify their purpose and budget,” Kelley said in the announcement.

Responsibility and accountability will be key pillars in his campaign, he said.

With jobs hard to find and businesses facing uncertainty, Kelley said he wants to make West Virginia more competitive through lower taxes and a state government that is accountable to taxpayers.

Kelley said he is optimistic about the future of the Eastern Panhandle and about helping to bring the concerns of the 60th District to Charleston.

Kelley has developed a website, www.kelleyforwestvirginia.com, and social media presence so he can connect and communicate more effectively with the people of the 60th District.

Kelley lives in Martinsburg.

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