Kelly Announces Bid For W.Va. House Seat
David L. Kelly, a Republican from Sistersville, recently announced his candidacy for the WV House of Delegates, District 6.
Serving Tyler and Doddridge Counties and the northern-most precinct in Pleasants County (Arvilla), Kelly vowed to be a “strong and powerful voice” for his district.
“There are many issues on the hearts and minds of the people. As your delegate, I will be a strong and powerful voice for our district, serving as a vital and active communication link between the people and the House,” commented Kelly.
Born and raised in neighboring Pleasants County, he is the son of the late John and Darlene (Dotson) Kelly. His mother served as the county’s circuit clerk for many years and his father was a WWII veteran and retiree of Quaker State Oil Refinery.
Kelly entered the arena of public service in 1981 as a Correctional Officer at the Pleasants County Jail, and in 1983 he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff. In 1988, he ran a successful campaign and was elected to the Office of Sheriff, serving two consecutive terms.
During his tenure as Sheriff, he served as the First Vice President of the WV Sheriff’s Association, and in the absence of the Director of the Association of Counties, sat on the Training and Education Committee of state and local police officers.
Kelly’s work with the association propelled him to the legislative floor, where he lobbied on behalf of his fellow police officers. “I was privileged to serve as the Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the WV Sheriff’s Association, working closely with the Fraternal Order of Police, Chiefs of Police and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association concerning legislative matters,” he said.
Following his terms as sheriff, Kelly returned to private sector as an investigator, began pastoring a local church and received his Ph.D.
In 2012, he returned to the public sector as a Criminal Investigator for the Tyler County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, serving the county in this capacity until 2017 when he was appointed to the Tyler County Commission.
Kelly serves as the Senior Pastor for Faith Fellowship Ministries in Pine Grove, WV. He and his wife Jan have five adult children, Kristi, Kari, Jonay, Jon and Tyler.
Kelly is poised to serve the citizens of District 6. “Together we will tackle the issues that plague our communities and focus a positive light on the valuable resources that make this area shine.”