Chris Elswick

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Chris Elswick
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Former candidate for
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJohn Marshall High School
Bachelor'sWheeling Jesuit University
J.D.University of Dayton School of Law
Place of birthGlen Dale
Campaign website
Chris Elswick was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 3 of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


Elswick graduated from John Marshall High School in 1994. He earned his B.S. in Innovation and Technology from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2001. Elswick has been the energy associate attorney for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC since 2012.[2][3]


Campaign themes


Elswick's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Encourage Economic Development
Excerpt: "I will do what I can to encourage economic growth in Ohio County. I will listen to existing business owners and industry leaders to learn what assistance they need from the Legislature to not only remain viable in Ohio County, but to expand their operations. I will examine the roadblocks preventing new business and industry from taking root in Ohio County and then sponsor legislation to reduce or remove those roadblocks."
  • Enhance Education
Excerpt: "Ohio County has a history of providing a quality public education to our children. My wife and I purchased a home in Ohio County, in part, so that my step-son could attend Ohio County Schools. As a Delegate, I will do everything that I can to provide our schools with the necessary resources to provide a quality education. I support teacher pay raises, but recognize that it will be necessary to be creative about finding ways to fund the same. I will listen to school teachers, administrators and staff to learn what issues they face and what I can do to assist them."
  • Support Seniors and Vetrans
Excerpt: "I consider our senior citizens and veterans to be special populations in our society who have already provided great service and deserve special accommodations. I believe we should provide tax incentives to encourage seniors to stay in Ohio County. We should be creative in attracting retirees. I believe we must provide veterans with education assistance and job retraining opportunities. Also, we must do what we can to provide counseling and other forms of assistance to those who have served."
  • Promote Quality of Life
Excerpt: "I am thankful for the quality of life we have here in Ohio County. Whether it's theater and performing arts, sporting events, recreational sports, museums and culture, historical sites, gambling and greyhound races, or shopping, Ohio County has much to offer its residents. I want to do everything that I can to encourage our residents to support these activities that are just next door, while also encouraging folks from other parts of West Virginia and our neighboring states to stop in and take a look."



See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. District 3 is represented by two delegates. Holli Smith and Shawn Fluharty defeated Dave Palmer in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Erikka Storch and Dolph Santorine defeated Chris Elswick and Martin Sheehan in the Republican primary. Storch and Fluharty defeated Santorine and Smith in the general election. Incumbent Ryan Ferns (R) ran for District 5 of the West Virginia State Senate.[1][4]

West Virginia House of Delegates District 3, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErikka Storch Incumbent 37.7% 7,364
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Fluharty 21.8% 4,247
     Democratic Holli Smith 21.6% 4,208
     Republican Dolph Santorine 18.9% 3,690
Total Votes 19,509


Elswick and his wife, Carley, live in Ohio County.[2]

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