CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.—Editor’s note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail has been 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.
Del. Tiffany Lawrence, currently D-58th, is seeking a third two-year term in the West Virginia House of Delegates, only this time she’s running in the newly redistricted 65th District which covers all of Ranson and Charles Town.
Lawrence, 29, of Charles Town, is facing a Democratic primary challenge on May 8 from Richard “Rick” Shuman II, also of Charles Town.
Lawrence serves on the House Education Committee, the Health and Human Resources Committee and is the vice chairwoman of the Committee on Political Subdivisions.
She is the marketing and public relations administrator for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Lawrence, in a campaign statement, said she has proven her commitment to invest in future generations of West Virginians through the development of strategic long-term plans and policies. “Being proactive rather than taking a reactive approach is key,” she said.
She said that while she believes the Eastern Panhandle is now in a clear position to lead the way on a variety of issues, “crafting a definitive vision for the entire sate must be a priority.”
Lawrence said she has been an advocate for public education reform, health and wellness initiatives, child welfare, public safety and the eradication of substance abuse in West Virginia.
“My family has lived in Jefferson County for generations. I am a product of this county. One of my grandfathers was a farmer in Jefferson County and the other was a coal miner in Mineral (county),” she said. “Both of my parents grew up on farms and as pubic school teachers have instilled in me the importance of hard work. I intend on spending the remainder of my life in the Eastern Panhandle.”
Lawrence graduated from Jefferson High School and Shepherd University. She earned a master’s of business administration from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.
She is married to Steve Morris, assistant principal at Washington High School, and is the stepmother of two children, ages 8 and 10.