The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 1, 2014

Kessler seeks 30th District House seat

Melvin (Mel) Kessler has filed for the 30th District House of Delegates seat.

Born and raised in West Virginia and a resident of Beckley for 43 years, he and his wife “Dolly” of 47 years have one child, Alan.

Kessler served in the House of Delegates in 2007 and 2008. He served on the Judiciary, the Banking and Insurance and the Business and Labor committees as a freshman with a 100 percent voting record both years.

Kessler is a graduate of Nuttall High School in Lookout, and studied labor law at Ohio State and Keynon College.

Among his main accomplishments was getting surgeries for approximately 60 individuals injured under workers’ compensation and getting them back to work as taxpayers. He also introduced the study resolution that caught BrickStreet misusing funds and made them pay the state back $3.5 million. He was proud to co-sponsor “The Ghent Bill,” giving the families of first responders $10,000 if a family member is killed in the line of duty.

Kessler says he feels with the friends he made in the House, he is more likely to accomplish more for this area and says he is for term limits of no more than eight years.

He also says that he will not condone corruption from either party or anyone.

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