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Stiles eyes seat on Tucker Commission

February 10, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

Democrat Faye "Tag" Stiles of St. George has filed as a candidate for Tucker County Commission in the Cheat District for the May 11 primary election. She was born in St. George, a daughter of the late Okey and Laura Stiles. She is a Christian.

Stiles has worked in the health field for 33 years and presently works at Monongalia General Hospital. She is the community developer/volunteer health fair coordinator of the Tucker County Regional Health Fair.

She has provided the region with a health fair that is low cost to the people of Tucker County. She started the health fair at Cortland Acres, but it outgrew itself that same year. Because the health fair was such a success, Stiles had to look elsewhere for a larger venue. Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center offered Stiles the Bear Paw Ski Lodge and the Quench building, where the fair has taken place since 2005. Patients come from Tucker, Preston, Grant, Mineral, Randolph and Barbour counties to participate. Under Stiles' leadership, the health fair has grown from 285 patients to more than 800.

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Stiles attended Parsons High School, Frederick Community College, Broward Community College, Palm Beach College and Fairmont State College.

Her years of public service have inspired her to run for the Tucker County Commission. When asked why she became interested in public service, she said, "It is a special calling to serve the people of my beloved Tucker County. Like my father before me, my work for the people of Tucker County will have and does now have a lasting effect on the community. My father passed away in 1988, but there are still many people who remember Okey Stiles and his community work."

Projects of special interest to Stiles include promoting business, economy, health, education, agriculture and tourism.

Stiles said she will be a voice for the senior citizens in Tucker County to make sure they are getting their fair share. "It is very important for this group to have someone out in front assisting them," she said. "The senior center is part of our health fair every year. I will also support Tucker County veterans projects, and I appreciate their service to the Tucker County Regional Health Fair. Working with state government to be able to get water projects completed is also very important to me."

Stiles was recognized as the 1996 National Hospice Volunteer, an award she traveled to Chicago to accept. She also earned the 2006 Community Service Award from the Tucker County Chamber of Commerce and the 2007 Governor's Service Award. She was the only recipient in the senior category of this premier award for volunteerism and community service in West Virginia. She was a 2008 State Journal Health Care Heroes Distinguished Service Hero. The West Virginia Center for Nursing Excellence honored Stiles as a recipient of its award, the only licensed practical nurse chosen out of 500 nurses. Stiles received this award through her mission - the Campaign of Life - through improving the health in West Virginia through patient care and service in communities.

Stiles is involved with the Tucker County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Ruritan Club of Hendricks, Mountaineer Garden Club, North Central Community Action and volunteer/health fair coordinator of the Tucker County Regional Health Fair.

Stiles is dedicated, committed and compassionate about her work for Tucker County. "I feel it is a great honor to serve the people of Tucker County."

Stiles also said she is in a position in her life that she can be a full-time county commissioner, with full-time commitment.



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