Robert L. "Robbie" Morris, a Democrat, has filed to run for a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates in the 37th District.
Morris graduated from Elkins High School in 2001. He attended and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science/history in 2005 and an MBA in 2007.
In 2007, he took over his father's human resource consulting business, becoming president of Elkins Business Consultants.
In 2009, he was named to the executive director position at the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.
"Although I'm a first-time candidate in pursuit of a state office, I do know how policies affect the businesses and people of our local region," Morris said. "I will take ownership of local concerns and apply my knowledge, skills and abilities to make a difference. I will work hard at bringing good, commonsense back to politics."
Morris is a board member for the Randolph County United Way and the Rotary Club of Elkins. In 2009, he was accepted into the Leadership West Virginia program, which allowed him to travel the state over a course of nine months and learn about the troubles facing West Virginia and possible solutions to those problems. He graduated from the program in November 2009.
"I believe the public is best served when representatives bring a fresh perspective to the race," Morris said. "I look forward to spirited discussions on the challenges our communities face. While I know I'll not have all the answers out of the gate, I will research the issue and fight for the best interest of our citizens."
Morris and his wife, Susan, were married at Snowshoe Mountain in 2008 and currently reside in Elkins. Mrs. Morris is a graduate of Davis & Elkins College and is employed as a special education teacher for Randolph County Schools.
"We need strong leadership and representation in our state government to provide increased economic opportunities to this region," Morris said. "I have a deep love and passion for West Virginia, and, if elected, I will work hard for the people of Randolph and Pocahontas counties. I will serve with energy, drive, ambition and determination to make Randolph and Pocahontas counties a better place to live, work and play. "