WHEELING – Delegate-elect Jimmy Willis – a school scholar – mentioned whereas in Charleston he’ll give attention to enhancing academic alternatives for the state’s youth.
Willis, R-Brooke, is a 22-year-old presently majoring in political science at West Liberty College. He mentioned whereas serving within the upcoming session in Charleston, he’ll scale back his variety of courses for the spring semester, then “load up” on courses through the summer season time period.
“I must be on observe to graduate this fall,” he mentioned.
Willis mentioned it was about two years in the past that he first determined he would search a seat within the Home of Delegates.
“I actually didn’t like how our illustration was representing us in Charleston,” he mentioned. “I made a decision that slightly than simply sitting on the sofa, I ought to get out and run. There wanted to be a special possibility”
Willis’ marketing campaign this yr was profitable, and he’s very excited to be beginning within the Home subsequent month.
“I believe we should always give attention to rising the vo-tech program within the excessive faculties,” he mentioned. “There are a number of nice corporations coming to the state. They’re going to want welders, plumbers, electricians.
“Faculty isn’t meant for everyone,” he continued. “We need to get them prepared out of highschool for these jobs.”
Willis hopes to serve on the Home Schooling Committee, and probably the Know-how and Infrastructure Committee.
“And I want to do some issues concerning highway funding,” he mentioned. “Which may imply readjusting the highway funding components, or getting more cash out for roads.
“I simply need to be sure that we get more cash for roads.”
Willis mentioned when he was in highschool just a few years in the past, he by no means imagined operating for a legislative seat.
However he is not going to be alone there. A lot of college-age youths have proven an curiosity in state politics and been elected to serve within the Home of Delegates in recent times.
“A giant a part of it’s that West Virginia has all the time been a Democratic stronghold,” Willis defined. “Now we’ve a younger era of Republicans excited to push a conservative agenda ahead. The generations earlier than didn’t have many conservative candidates (on the poll).
“(Younger folks) are bored with seeing what’s going on within the nation and the state, they usually need to become involved as finest as they will,” he mentioned.