Retired speech pathologist and audiologist sets sights on 63rd District seat

Republican Brush running for West Virginia House of Delegates

April 30, 2012
  • Pam Brush
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Pam Brush is seeking the 63rd District seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

The 63rd District was carved out of the current 55th District represented by Del. John Overington and three precincts of the 56th District represented by Del. Eric Householder.

The new district is the eastern portion of Berkeley County from Scrabble Road and Whitings Neck south to Coast Guard and Short Road.

Brush is running against Michael Folk in the Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat Donn Marshall in the general election. Marshall is running unopposed in the primary.

Brush, 59, said her professional experience has been in education and health care.

“First we have to get the economy back on track in West Virginia. We have to build a business environment that will provide a tax base that provides jobs, education funding and less dependence on federal funding,” she said in her campaign announcement.

“As Berkeley County grows, most of West Virginia is decreasing in population and jobs,” she said.

“There is a disconnection with Charleston (W.Va.) regarding taxation and legislation needed for our region,” Brush said.

Possible legislation would include:

  • Decreasing regulations on business and everyday life for citizens
  • Increasing the homestead exemption based on percentage instead of a flat rate
  • Increasing the local share of taxes returning to Berkeley County while increasing more local control of how it is spent

Brush is a retired speech pathologist and audiologist with more than 31 years in West Virginia schools. She also has experience in hospital and private-practice settings. For more than 20 years, she has worked with professional organizations with legislation at the state capital.

She graduated from Marshall University in 1976 with a degree in speech pathology, and from West Virginia University in 1980 with a degree in audiology.

Brush is married and lives in the Stonebridge community in Martinsburg. She and her husband are active members of Independent Bible Church, where they serve in music and children ministries.

Brush is a lifetime member of the West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association and a retired member of the National Education and West Virginia Education associations.

“In 2010, I ran for Berkeley County Board of Education. Although I wasn’t elected to a seat on the school board, I won an incredible experience of meeting with parents and school employees on the needs of Berkeley County Schools,” she said.

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