Stephen Warren Montoney has announced his candidacy for the positions of conservation district supervisor, Randolph County Executive Committee, Delegate District Executive Committee, Senatorial District Executive Committee and Congressional District Executive Committee.
Montoney resides on his family farm outside of Harman with his wife, Sheila, and stepson, Aaron.
He is the father of two children, Courtney and Snyder Montoney, and grandfather of five, Christina, Jackie and Cameron Kump of Martinsburg, Brian Hyz of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and most recent arrival, Zarek Lee Montoney.
Montoney graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 1969 and Davis & Elkins College in 1991 with two Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and environmental science with a minor in education and chemistry. He later completed 12 hours in a master's degree in education administration through West Virginia University. He is currently employed for the West Virginia Appalachian Laborers District Council from Charleston.
Montoney and his wife operate a horse-boarding stable on their 60-acre farm. He also rents 200-plus acres of property where he maintains 50 head of feeder calves yearly. Montoney also currently serves on the executive committee of the Region 7 Workforce Investment Board of which he has been a member for several years.
Montoney has extensive knowledge of the construction industry including environmental, health and safety issues as they relate to the region.
He has been involved in numerous infrastructure and watershed projects throughout the years, ensuring that quality was maintained and the local work force was employed as much as possible.
"Studies show that local workers take pride in their hometown projects, and when they are utilized construction projects operate as designed and perform for years without unscheduled repairs, often exceeding expectations," Montoney said. "Keeping tax dollars here in the area improves the standard of living for our local residents."
Having taken advantage of several of the programs offered by the West Virginia Conservation Agency in the Tygarts Valley District, he is very familiar with the programs available to local residents and would like to represent them as a conservation district supervisor.