Phil Lewis, former aide to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, has filed candidacy papers for the Democratic nomination for Raleigh County commissioner.
Lewis is a 1990 Shady Spring High School graduate and licensed social worker.
He holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Marshall University. His wife, Patti, is the LPN coordinator at the Academy of Careers and Technology. The couple resides in Daniels where they operate residential rentals. They are the parents of four children.
Lewis served as a federal liaison for 12 years. Part of his duties included addressing needs in the southern part of the state. Lewis gained his experience working with hundreds of elected and community officials.
With his colleagues, Lewis helped secure dozens of miles of water and sewer line extensions and millions of dollars in economic development funding. He also worked on successful trade missions leading to job development and investment into the state.
Lewis worked closely with law enforcement and emergency service personnel during disaster recovery and provided crucial guidance to groups applying for operational funding.
Lewis serves as an announcer and board member for the Shady Spring Tiger Youth Football League and has served as president of the Raleigh County 4-H All-Stars, a 4-H Club leader and member of the Raleigh County Extension Service Advisory Committee.
He said he was approached by individuals within the business and education circles who pledged full support to his campaign.
“Raleigh County is my home and my heart. I’m proud to have been a small part of Raleigh County’s success in recent years. While building on that success, my foremost mission is to return government to the people.
“During my Senate travels, constituents expressed frustration that their elected officials had turned a deaf ear to them and that too many elections were being bought by special interests. My primary goal is to listen to the concerns of the citizens of Raleigh County and to use that information to ensure their needs are met.”
He went on to state his beliefs.
“I believe the role of an elected official is not to carry an agenda into office but purely to represent the people. I’ve traveled all over the southern part of the state helping plan and develop projects, advocating for black lung, miners’ and veterans’ benefits, and working alongside community officials and emergency service personnel. That work was sacred to me.
“I look forward to using my knowledge to re-position Raleigh County as a leader in the region and to give our constituents their voice back.”