The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 2, 2014

O’Neal seeks re-election to 28th District House seat

— John D. O’Neal IV, R-Raleigh, has filed for re-election for the West Virginia House of Delegates, 28th District, representing Raleigh, Summers and Monroe counties. “It has been a great honor to represent the people of our district for the past four years,” said O’Neal. “While we have made modest progress, serious challenges remain.

“If re-elected, I will continue to support legislation to fight the drug problem, and improve education. I will support reasonable tax and legal reforms to grow and diversify our economy, while fiercely advocating for our coal industry and related jobs. I believe that road building equals economic development. I will push to finish the Z-Way from Beckley to Beaver to Shady Spring; finish the Coalfields Expressway; and complete the New River and Shawnee Parkways. I will support and protect traditional values, innocent human life, and religious freedom.”

O’Neal is a 1981 honors graduate of Hinton High School, where he was an All-State quarterback and Bobcat Football Hall of Fame member. He is an honors graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College, earning a political science degree, and receiving the school’s Alumni Achievement Award. He has completed graduate studies at the University of Virginia School of Government, Liberty University, and Salem International University.

O’Neal spent 20 years as an educator, and has coached numerous high school and college sports teams, appearing in eight state championship basketball games. He has received numerous coaching honors, including WV State Coach of the Year.  He currently owns a real estate investment and development company in Beckley.

O’Neal was selected as the West Virginia Emerging Leader of the Year in 2012 by GOPAC, a national non-profit group dedicated to promoting policies for state governments that lower taxes, limit the size of government and set the right business environment for job creation so individuals can pursue their dreams and live in freedom.

O’Neal serves as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Republican Legislative Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Southeastern Caucus, a bipartisan association of Delegates dedicated to promoting the interests of the southeastern region of our state. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and the Banking and Insurance Committee, and Republican Vice-Chairman of the Senior Issues Committee.

O’Neal is a member of the Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Rifle Association. He and his wife Cheryl, a Registered Nurse, have been married for 25 years. They have five children ranging in age from twenty to six. They are active members of Faith Baptist Church in Beckley.

“After decades of struggle, I believe that West Virginia is poised for a new birth of freedom,” said O’Neal. “I am optimistic that change is in the air and that hard working West Virginia families will receive the relief and the opportunity that they deserve.”