Mary A. Dean, a Republican, is seeking election to the Upshur County Commission.
She believes she qualifies to fulfill the responsibilities of the commission for the following reasons:
First, with a background in real estate purchases and sales, property management, building construction working with engineering blueprints, survey maps and government regulations, she said she understands and can make intelligent decisions on property development. And because she has negotiated bids for thousands of dollars in equipment and vehicles, and obtained property and liability insurances, she feels secure during this sensitive work. Experience working with accounting and legal firms and FCC matters will prove valuable in negotiating contracts and cable franchises, she said.
Secondly, her management and then presidency of a corporation having $12 million annual sales and more than 130 full-time employees has provided her the background for competence in managing the budget for Upshur County's nearly 100 full-time and part-time employees. Years of experience abstracting information from public records such as deeds, births, property taxes and election analysis supplements her awareness of the commission's responsibility for records management.
Thirdly, being an office manager for a gas well logging company and payroll clerk at a coal mine has resulted in her practical understanding of the effect these jobs have on the people of Upshur County.
"I am particularly concerned about the loss of manufacturing jobs, which we need to offset our dependence on natural resources," she said. "While I have years of business leadership, my community service has also been extensive."
With 19 years membership, she served many positions in the Buckhannon Rotary Club, chosen as district governor, worked on service projects and as a trainer in five foreign countries, Rotary Leadership Institute board member and facilitator serving states from Delaware through South Carolina, and meeting with representatives from 160 countries for Council on Legislation.
She has served on committees for BSA Troops 100 and 128; initiated forming Bailey Ridge Extension Homemakers, now known as Sunset Heights CEOS; Upshur Arts Alliance; Buckhannon Community Theatre executive producer; is currently a member of Classic Car Club and Upshur Landlords Association; sings in the church choir; performs dramas and reader's theater; assists with Project Life Saver; and is on the advisory board of the Salvation Army.
"My Upshur County heritage traces back to the first white settlers. Samuel Pringle is one of my great-grandfathers, who, with his brother John in the 1700s found shelter in a sycamore known as the Pringle Tree. I appreciate the value my great-grandfather saw in settling here, and I wish to be a part of preserving the greatness of what we have and being involved with the shaping of Upshur County's future," she said.
Dean's husband, Larry, is native of Upshur County and they have two sons, Scott and Brian. Her parents are Reatice and Nora Fultz.
"With my background of 35 years of management and service, I owe no special favors, bring no baggage," she said. "I believe in honesty and fairness. Not only am I qualified, but I bring an openness to your concerns, and to serve you, a willing spirit.