The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sunday Profile

February 9, 2014

McNeely to run for delegate seat

James W. “Jim” McNeely has announced his candidacy for the 28th District of West Virginia House of Delegates Democratic Primary. The 28th Delegate District includes most of Summers and Monroe counties and part of eastern Raleigh County.

McNeely, who lives near Peterstown in Monroe County, is a former legislator and a retired prosecutor.

In 2000, he was elected Summers County prosecuting attorney and was re-elected in 2004. He retired in 2006. His education includes a degree in early childhood education from Concord College (now University). McNeely is a past president of the Concord Alumni Association, and received the Alumni of the Year award from the association in 1992.

He also received a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in political science (public administration concentration) in 1981, and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from the WVU College of Law in 1986. McNeely’s career has included being a teacher in Summers and Wyoming counties, serving as community development director and city police judge for the City of Princeton and working as chief writ clerk for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

McNeely has more than a decade of military service, served a one-year tour in Vietnam and retired from the West Virginia National Guard in 1981.

Looking forward to the 2014 campaign, McNeely described himself as a “Quality of Life” candidate.

“Too often,” McNeely stated, “decisions in the Legislature are based on short-term political goals or narrow economic interests, without any serious consideration of what is best to improve the overall quality of life in the state. It’s quality of life — a diversified, sustainable economy, a properly supported public education system, and a protected and enhanced natural, cultural and work environment — that is the key to a better future for West Virginia.

“I’m an independent-minded Democrat who believes in person-to-person, community campaigning,” McNeely said. “I look forward to visiting with, and listening to, voters along the back roads as well as the main highways and in towns and communities throughout the 28th District.”

He added that “if anybody has questions for me, or just want me to drop by for a visit, I can be contacted by e-mail to or by voice or text to 304-613-4427.”

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