John Maxey hopes to represent the newly created 66th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates next year.
Maxey, 55, of 335 Old Shenandoah Trail, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., is making his first try at elected office. A Democrat, he has no opponent in the May 8 primary. He will face Republican Paul Espinosa, who also is unopposed in his party’s May 8 primary, in November.
The 66th District, which is wholly in Jefferson County, extends from Shannondale across the county’s southern half to Kearneysville. He jumped into the race at the last minute when he learned that no Democrat had filed for the seat.
“Difficult times require strong leadership and I intend to use this campaign as a platform to discuss creative solutions to the problems that affect not only the residents in this district, but people statewide,” Maxey said.
A native of Morgantown, W.Va., Maxey and his wife, Theresa, moved to Jefferson County in 2003. Their family-owned business performs database maintenance and support. It has four full-time employees.
He believes that “job growth and individual opportunity are the strengths of small business, and that West Virginia must look to these strengths for its economic future.”
Maxey first became involved in local issues in 2005, a time when Jefferson County was still using an outdated punch-card voting system. He volunteered to serve on the county’s elections advisory committee, where he pushed for the purchase of the touch-screen system in use today.
Maxey served two terms as president of the Jefferson County Democratic Association and three years on the county’s planning commission. He is a member of the Blue Ridge Mountain Watershed Coalition and chairs the St. Andrew’s Mountain Community Center.
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