Tuesday, January 23, 2024, having won his suit against the Marion County Commission for violating the Government Open Meetings Act, former West Virginia House of Delegate Guy Ward has announced that he will run for Marion County Commissioner representing the Palatine District.
Ward stated, “If elected, I will bring transparency to the County Commission and put a stop to the backroom deals that have been going on in the Courthouse. I will be the public’s watchdog and make sure that the taxpayers’ funds are properly spent and expose corruption.
“We have a current Commissioner who promised to only serve one term and is now running for his third term. Also, he has been under investigation by the Commission of Special Investigations out of Charleston. He’s been accused of making shady deals for personal gain. Then we have another former County Commissioner running for office who was voted out of office and told to reimburse the county for copper that he allowed to be unlawfully taken from the county jail.
“Marion County deserves better representation than this and that’s why I’m running.”
In addition, Delegate Guy Ward has promised to use his experience and connections to create a business-friendly environment such as he did in the Town of White Hall that jumpstarted the economy in that part of the county. He wants to use his expertise to bring in new businesses and jobs to the entire county.
In a letter of recommendation for Delegate Guy Ward, Mon Health CEO David Goldberg stated, “As we worked to identify a Marion County location for our proposed new hospital, the work Mr. Ward did to lead the development of White Hall highlighted his skills as a municipal leader. Mr. Ward’s record in collaboration, planning, and coordination were instrumental in obtaining significant results and financial outcomes that continue to this very day.”