Joan Hinzman Sharp is seeking election to the 37th District of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
A lifelong resident of Randolph County, she currently resides in the small town of Valley Head with her husband, Roger Sharp. They have been married 38 years and have two daughters, Jamie Queen and Nina Hebb. Sharp is also the grandparent of Riley and Macie Queen and Ryan, Josiah and Gabriel Hebb.
Sharp, a 1973 graduate of Tygarts Valley High School, was a licensed West Virginia realtor for many years. Presently, she and her husband own a small business, Sharp Jewelry, which has been in operation since 1995. Sharp is a member of the Beverly United Methodist Church where she serves as a board member, the church youth group leader and a member of the choir. She is a member of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Valley Head Fire Department and an avid member of the National Rifle Association.
Sharp loves spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren.
"As your new member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, I promise to protect our jobs while also promoting job growth. I believe that the bad decision making of our federal government has led to numerous problems for our state and local districts. I believe, in order to tackle the issues of health care, education, crime and debt, we must make our workforce stronger and increase the importance of our personal responsibility. I vow to work across party lines to make this happen. I do not see this position as being a member of a certain political party. I see it as being hired by you to make your voice heard and do your will. I want to make our lives more productive and help invest in the future of our children," Sharp said.
Sharp understands the challenges of owning a small business. She and her husband have been small business owners for 15 years. Sharp's parents, Bill and Bettie Hinzman, owned a body shop in the early 1950s while raising 10 children. Both of Sharp's daughters also own small businesses and share the struggles with her. Sharp holds deep pride for the coal industry in West Virginia. Her husband, grandfather and father-in-law all worked in the coal mines of West Virginia.
"Coal miners and their families are some of the most hard working, determined and resilient people I've known. I believe that West Virginia has an extraordinary amount of potential with our coal, timber and natural gas industries. I realize there are many obstacles ahead of us. But, I am an optimist and believe with hard work and personal responsibility, we can make a positive change for our children's and grandchildren's future," Sharp said.