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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Michael Folk has filed for election for the 63rd District seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Folk, who lives in the Swan Pond area of Berkeley County, intends to take his message of fighting for government accountability, fiscal responsibility and constitutional principles to Charleston, according to a news release.
Folk, a Republican, will face Pam Brush of Martinsburg in the May 8 GOP primary. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Donn Marshall of Martinsburg in the Nov. 6 general election.
The 63rd District seat is a newly created seat representing northeastern Berkeley County.
Folk has been involved extensively in holding government more accountable at the local level. His ethics complaint a few years ago against two members of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority resulted in a conciliation agreement that prevents those two members from voting on certain matters due to perceived conflicts of interest, according to the release.
Folk said he decided to run for the 63rd District seat because he is concerned about the future for his four children due to the fiscal irresponsibility of government at the local, state and federal level.
“You can’t legislate common sense and you can’t outlaw stupidity,” Folk said in the release. “In a free society, people need to be accountable for their decisions, both good and bad. This same premise holds true for industry. Government should not be in the ‘bailout business,’ which allows for private profits, but socialized losses.”
Folk has more than 20 years of experience in education, agriculture, aviation, real estate and industry.
Most recently, Folk has served more than 15 years in the aviation industry as a pilot for two major airlines, serving as a captain flying throughout North America.
Folk also has taught at the high school level and at Shepherd University.
He in an honors graduate of Shepherd University with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University.
Folk and his wife, Stella, have four children.