CLARKSBURG -- Former Clarksburg Mayor and Councilwoman Margaret Bailey, and Lumberport businesswoman Diana Bartley file Pre-Candidacy papers today to run for the House of Delegates in the 48th District. If elected, the pair will represent Harrison and Taylor Counties in Charleston.
Bailey re-joined the West Virginia Republican Party in recent days, after being elected four times in non-partisan city elections in Clarksburg. She is a mother, grandmother and former nurse who has lived in Clarksburg most of her life.
"Like so many in Harrison County, the national Democratic Party has left me and my family's values," said Bailey. "The President has done his best to destroy our coal and power plant jobs, and the problems with ObamaCare are just beginning. We need to solve our state's economic problems and following this President and his policies is something conservative Democrats can no longer afford to do."
Bartley is married, and owns a pest control business in Lumberport. She has run previously for the House and hopes to join first-term GOP Del. Danny Hamrick to represent the area. She was also a former Democrat.
"We have to have tax reform to grow the economy, tort reforms to grow business and a working economy that encourages us to hire and succeed," said Bartley. "For far too long, we have accepted being last in far too many good things in this state. Our citizens deserve better, a place where their kids want to stay and find jobs that let them live the American Dream."
"The gender gap in the Legislature is shrinking, thanks to Republicans," said West Virginia Republican Chairman Conrad Lucas. "Ten GOP women already represent us in the House of Delegates. We hope to have the privilege to elect more of the caliber of Margaret Bailey and Diana Bartley to fight for our jobs and families in Charleston."
Nov 01, 2013 at 10:15 AMWhat both of these women say makes a whole lot of sense. I for one hope that they are not 'pretending' about doing what they say needs to be done. If they continue supporting Obama's disastrous agenda we WILL demand a recall. Smart move to leave this socialist infiltrating DNC party. The democrats made the most harmful decision decades ago to allow socialists to overtake their party. Remember also that Hillary Clinton is a 'socialist democrat.' We need to rid ourselves of all progressives from both parties!!!
Oct 31, 2013 at 10:14 PMbaily changing partys for an election. common practice for her. remember voters, a republie will be against anything that helps children, poor, the elderly or the working man or woman