David Kesling will seek election to serve on the Randolph County Board of Education.
Kesling, a 1987 Elkins High School graduate, attended Marshall University and obtained a bachelor of business administration in 1991.
For the past 11 years, Kesling has worked for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as a store manager at seven locations in West Virginia and Ohio, and district manager while on an Expat Assignment to Canada in 2006-2008.
The chance to come back home and manage the Elkins Wal-Mart came about in 2008.
"I moved back to Elkins with my wife, Marilyn, daughter, Sydney, who attends Elkins Middle School, and son, Andrew, who attends Jennings Randolph Elementary," Kesling said.
Kesling's educational and business background provide him with experience needed to address not only financial issues but people issues that confront the board every day. His goal would be to ensure that all the children of Randolph County receive the maximum benefit of taxes paid by the residents for education.
Other concerns that Kesling has are providing teachers the support and encouragement they deserve; quality of education and welfare of the children while at school; keeping positive morale of the teaching and support staff; and working with the superintendent to make the needed improvements to county schools.
Kesling believes that voices on the board need to change, and by being elected he can provide residents and parents an open line of communication.
With the community's support, Kesling said he will work to ensure that schools, teachers, students and staff meet and exceed the highest standards.