Jason "Jake Padlow will see a challenge for his Marshall County Commission seat from resident Bob Miller.
Padlow, a Democrat, is finishing his third term as commissioner. He pointed to his work with his fellow commissioners and other county officials in bringing new industry to the county as a reason why he should be re-elected. Over the past decade Marshall County has landed, among other developments, a gypsum plant, several natural gas processing plants and offices for companies servicing the natural gas industry.
He said his business background as president and chief executive officer of Padlow Inc. and Jerry's Mini Mart Inc. also qualify him for a fourth term.
He also pointed to his "ability to listen, lead and change."
As for technology in Marshall County, he said, "we are looking into ways to expand our website and online services to provide the public with more information."
Miller, a Republican, has been a small business owner for more than 25 years.
"I bring a wealth of business, work, personal, and educational experiences/credentials to this commission seat," he said. "I know what it's like to set goals, meet challenges and stick to a budget. I have worked with a spectrum of very small to large international businesses from around the country as my customers, partners, and vendors to build my own exclusive line of USA manufactured products."
He also pointed to his idea for the "Mason County Flip" that helped West Virginia lawmakers more effectively redistrict this year. "The "Flip" was passed by the House, Senate, and governor with bi-partisan support, and was upheld a few weeks ago by the U.S. Supreme Court as our current statewide U.S. Congressional redistricting plan," he said. "We're all struggling in this down economy, but I'm proud to say that with strong fiscal responsibility, I've been able to keep my business going strong. I believe this is the kind of fiscal discipline and vision that we need in our county government."
Miller graduated from John Marshall High School and West Liberty University. He has been a member of Laborers Local 1147, and worked through Carpenter's Local No. 3's four-year apprenticeship program in 1982 obtaining the title of Journeyman Carpenter. In 1987 he started and owns, P.B. Sterling Salon Products, which has serviced/supplied beauty salons and barber shops in the tri-state area for more than 25 years.
He said Marshall County needs to embrace technological advances including putting all county records online and possibly airing commission meetings.