Local business owner Jason Barrett has announced his candidacy for the West Virginia House of Delegates in the new 61st District, which is made up primarily of the city of Martinsburg.
Barrett and Republican Walter E. Duke of Martinsburg are running unopposed for the seat in the May 8 primary election.
Barrett, a 29-year-old Democrat, is dedicated to community involvement, which includes serving as vice president of the Shenandoah Women’s Center board. Increasing the homestead exemption, locality pay, business recruitment, domestic violence awareness and student bullying are a few issues he plans to address if elected.
“Martinsburg deserves an effective delegate, willing to take on the tough issues facing our community,” Barrett said in a news release. “Introducing the same hopeless legislation every year is not acceptable.”
Barrett understands that building better relationships across West Virginia is the way to get “pro Eastern Panhandle” legislation passed,” he said in the release.
“Voters are tired of partisan bickering and the increasing unwillingness to cooperate,” he said.
Barrett owns Anthony’s Pizza in Inwood, W.Va. He and his wife Jana, a teacher at South Middle School, live in Martinsburg.
Contact Barrett by sending email to email@example.com or by calling 304-886-9907.
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.