Gary decided to run for office because he is a citizen and business owner in the Eastern Panhandle. He has seen the damaging effects that a government intent on spending can do to jobs, livelihoods and even entire communities. On a state level, Gary believes that our government needs to focus more on job creation and less on spending taxpayer dollars. Job creation on a state level starts with an accountable and responsible government. Gary believes that all government agencies should have to defend and justify their spending programs. Economic stability will not only make West Virginia competitive with neighboring states it will also provide West Virginians with stability and restore our State pride!
While Gary is ready to get to work on the issues facing the “Mountain State”, he is even more excited to voice the needs of the 60th District and the Eastern Panhandle to those in Charleston. As a former resident of Ripley, West Virginia, Gary knows all too well the disconnect between Charleston and the Eastern Panhandle. “It is because of this that I will be most effective in educating the Charleston group on what the needs are in our area.” -Gary Kelley
Gary is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. As an active outdoorsman, he enjoys hunting and understands that legal firearms are clearly a right of our citizens. Along with gun rights, Gary supports free speech and land rights. His views are rooted in his childhood growing up on a farm, where hard work and self-sufficiency were respected and encouraged.
“I believe that profit is not a four letter word!” Gary is a businessman and understands that government rarely helps business. He knows that over regulation hurts business owners and customers alike. He’s seen how over- regulation has limited growth and increased poverty in large urban cities and small rural communities.
Gary can relate to many walks of life. His professional and personal experiences have given him a clear understanding of what right and wrong are. This understanding of the needs of the people of the 60th District and a strong commitment to voice those needs will make him most effective in representing the Eastern Panhandle as our delegate.