Gorrell is a native of Harrison County. He graduated from Roosevelt Wilson High in 1960 and attended West Virginia University. He earned a B.S. in 1965 and an M.S. in 1970. In addition, he earned 80 post graduate hours beyond his master's from both WVU and Marshall University. From 1966 to 1969, Gorrell served in the US Army, which included a tour of duty in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. He began his 38 year career in education at the Industrial School for Boys in Pruntytown, where he worked as a counselor from 1969 to 1973. In 1973 he returned to Harrison County Schools as a teacher and coach at Lumberport Elementary and Lumberport Middle School. In 1978, he was named principal at Wyatt Elementary and from there served in a succession of principal positions at Enterprise Elementary, Hartman Elementary, Morgan Elementary and Nutter Fort Primary, where he retired in 2007. In addition to his work in Harrison County, Gorrell also worked as an evaluator of schools and county school systems for the West Virginia Office of Education Performance Audits. He is currently employed as a part time associate at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home in Clarksburg. Gorrell is a deacon at Clarksburg Baptist Church, where he has served as the Chair of Finance Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Stewardship Commission and the Chair of the Children's Commission. He is a past state president of the West Virginia Baptist Convention Young Adults, a former member of the Harrison County YMCA - Board of Directors, a former member of the Harrison County Easter Seal Grants Committee, a former member of the Clarksburg Planning and Zoning Commission, a former coach of Clarksburg Central Little League and a member of VFW Post 573 in Clarksburg. Gorrell is married with two sons and one grandson.
- See also: Harrison County Schools elections (2014)
|Harrison County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Frank Devono Jr.||25.2%||6,567|
|Nonpartisan||Allen Gorrell Incumbent||15.8%||4,128|
|Nonpartisan||David M. Sturm Incumbent||15%||3,922|
|Source: West Virginia Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014|
Gorrell did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Harrison County Clerk.
Gorrell did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
About the district
- See also: Harrison County Schools, West Virginia
Harrison County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.1% of Harrison County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 17.9% for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Harrison County was $41,799 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Harrison County was 18.6% compared to 17.6% for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Harrison County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 27, 2014
- Harrison County, "Election 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Harrison County, West Virginia," accessed February 26, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 26, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State," West Virginia Voter Registration, accessed February 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Harrison County Schools Elections|
|Harrison County, West Virginia|
|Election date:||May 13, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • David M. Sturm • Allen Gorrell • Michael Daugherty • Kristin Messenger • Frank Devono Jr.|
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|