ELKINS - Beverly resident John "Andy" Burns is running for Randolph County Commission with a focus on hard work and public service.
Burns, 41, a Democrat, is running against incumbent Democrat Chris See and challengers George M. Riggleman Jr., a Democrat from Beverly, James Daniel Dean, a Republican from Beverly, and Lloyd Heckel, a Democrat from Elkins, for the seat representing the Tygart District of Randolph County.
Burns said he knows about the importance of public service. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he says he will always hold the interests of veterans as a top priority.
Burns is currently an active member of the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department with 26 years in the fire service, and served as a deputy sheriff for 12 years with the Randolph County Sheriff Office.
"Community involvement on all levels is key to a strong government," Burns told The Inter-Mountain. "I will work with government agencies to try to stay involved in all aspects of the community. I've worked with many county organizations and I know how they should be funded as well as how they operate."
Along with his public service, Burns tries to stay engaged with his community. He is currently employed as the account representative for Tygart Valley Distributors and is an active member of the Randolph Lodge #55 AFAM, as well as the current worshipful master. He is a member of the ELKS Lodge #1135 of Elkins, serving on several committees, and is also a member of the VFW WV Post 3647.
"If elected, I will serve the people of Randolph County around the clock," Burns said. "The Commission needs someone who is willing to work all hours to serve the members of its community and I'm willing to do that."
Burns is the proud father of two daughters, Andrea and Amanda, and the grandfather of Braylee.
"I believe that children are our future and when elected I will strive to make Randolph County the premiere place in West Virginia to raise a family," Burns said.
One way Burns plans to make the county safer is by working closely with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office as well as other police agencies to help curb the drug abuse problem. He also stressed the importance of implementing comprehensive drug education in the Randolph County school system to inform the county's youth of the importance of living a drug-free lifestyle.
Burns also said he would work to help bring industry into the area.
"I want the residents of Randolph County to have the opportunity to stay here and thrive," Burns said. "If I am elected I will do my best to serve all of the needs of the county and its people."
The primary election will be held on May 13. A Democratic and a Republican nominee for the County Commission seat will be decided in the primary, with those two candidates then competing in the November election. County Commission members serve a six-year term.
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