Kelly Seeks Re-Election To WV House
Del. David L. Kelly (R-Tyler) recently announced his intention to seek re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 6.
Serving Tyler and Doddridge Counties and the northern-most precinct in Pleasants County, the Republican delegate vowed to continue to be a “strong and powerful voice” for his district.
Kelly has been a staunch advocate for reformation of the state’s correctional and criminal justice systems. He has voted in favor of legislation to provide foster care reform and programs related to drug abuse prevention and recovery. In his second term, the delegate will continue to push for the reinforcement of critical infrastructure throughout his district, including much-needed repairs to primary roads and the expansion of reliable broadband services.
A steadfast supporter of first responders, Kelly voted in favor of a bill which unanimously passed the House, designed to provide worker’s compensation benefits to law enforcement officers, fire, and EMS personnel diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Our first responders are seeing things we can’t even imagine,” he noted. “These brave men and women need to know we support them during these trying times in their lives.”
He lends his expertise to the committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Veteran’s Affairs, Judiciary, and Substance Abuse and Prevention; and has been instrumental in garnering support for several key pieces of legislation.
One such bill provided time and money for First Energy Solutions to stabilize the operation of Pleasants Power.
Although controversial, Kelly rallied support the bill, citing the impact the immediate closure of the facility would have on the community. “It would be very difficult for county to survive the financial hit, not to mention the personal impact it would have on 160 families.”
Forging alliances to move the state forward, Kelly’s approach to leadership has been largely non-partisan. “The issues we are facing in this state are neither Republican nor Democrat issues, they are West Virginia issues. For this reason, it’s imperative we join as one to tackle them as a united front, without compromising our core beliefs.”
Kelly has 20 years of law enforcement experience, including two terms as Pleasants County Sheriff. Additionally, he was the Criminal Investigator for the Tyler County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and served in this capacity before he was appointed to the Tyler County Commission.
He is the Senior Pastor at Faith Fellowship Ministries in Reader, WV, and resides in Pursley with his wife Jan.