Beckley attorney and Democrat Joseph Jenkins has filed to run for the West Virginia House of Delegates in the 27th District, which includes Raleigh and Summers counties.

Jenkins said he intends to bring new ideas to the House of Delegates.

“I have always been interested in representing my family, friends and neighbors at the state level to strengthen our communities and provide opportunities to all citizens of Raleigh and Summers counties,” Jenkins said. “The time is ripe for a change in Charleston.”

Jenkins said for too long West Virginia citizens have waited for affordable health care, quality education and good jobs.

“It’s time we utilize our resources to the best extent possible to better ourselves and our communities,” he said.

Jenkins graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2004 and returned to Raleigh County to clerk for Circuit Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick III. After completing his clerkship, Jenkins founded his own law firm.

Jenkins is a native of Shady Spring, having graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1997. He then attended Concord University on a presidential scholarship, majoring in geography and biology.

Jenkins recently married Susana Duarte, an attorney for Legal Aid of West Virginia.

Jenkins will officially announce his candidacy at the Cranberry Woods town home community center at 201 Mohican Lane in Prosperity at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9.

“Everyone interested in change is encouraged to attend,” he said.

For more information about Jenkins, visit his Web site at www.jenkins4delegate.com.

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