Shaver seeks state Senate seat

Stanley E. Shaver, a Democratic candidate for the state Senate 14th District seat, submitted the following candidate profile:

“I was born at Grafton City Hospital on Sept. 8, 1948. My father was Robert Shaver and my mother was Florence (Huffman) Shaver. I am married to Thelma J. (Pyles) Shaver and we have two daughters. Treasa and her husband Derek are pastors of the Kingwood Christian Fellowship Church in Kingwood. Ashley is an architect intern for Thrasher Engineering in Clarksburg.

“I graduated from Fellowsville High School in l966 and received an academic scholarship to attend Alderson-Broaddus College. I graduated in l970 with a Bachelor of Science in education. I majored in health and physical education grades K through 12 and minored in social studies grades 6 through 9.

“I did my student teaching at Grafton High School in the fall of l969. I was in the United States Army from l970 to l973. I was trained as a combat medic and physical therapy specialist. I received an MS in secondary education from Troy State University in Alabama in l975. I earned a second MA degree from West Virginia University in l999 in educational leadership studies. I was certified to be a principal early childhood through adult.

“I was a boy’s basketball coach in Preston County for 18 years. My teams won seven Preston County Junior High School Championships. I taught West Virginia Studies for 24 years and had 50 Golden Horseshoe winners. I won an Honorary Golden Horseshoe as a teacher in l983.

“I was Teacher of the Year in Preston County schools in 2000-2001. While the principal at Fellowsville Elementary School we achieved Exemplary Status from the Office of Educational Performance Audits four separate school years (2002-2003, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, and 2007-2008). Fellowsville Elementary School is the only school in the history of Preston County Schools to receive Exemplary Status and we did it four times. I retired from the Preston County School System in June of 2010.

“I was elected to the House of Delegates representing Tucker and Preston counties in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010. I served as vice-chairman of Parks and Recreation, vice-chairman of Veterans Affairs, vice-chairman of Energy, Industry and Labor, and chairman of the Employee Suggestion Award Board. I served on the Education and Natural Resources Committees for 10 years and was on the Banking and Insurance Committee for four years.

“My background as a conservative Democrat lets me be for you in government and with you morally. I have always been pro-life. I always voted to endorse legislation that created jobs in West Virginia. I will continue if elected to the Senate to vote for and support legislation that creates a better life for all senior citizens and keep our communities prosperous in changing times.

“I am an NRA Wild Turkey Hunter Clinic instructor and will always vote to protect all citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. I will continue to work to support community schools. I have always supported firefighters, medics, and ambulance services to make their job equitable and provide funding when it could be secured form the governor’s office.”