David Graham (West Virginia)

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David Graham
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Former candidate for
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 24
Place of birthOmar, WV
Campaign website
David Austin Graham was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 24 of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


Graham experiences consist of working in a local grocery store and driving semi-trucks.[2]


Campaign themes


Graham's Facebook website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Minimum Wage
Excerpt: "Currently, 19 other states have a higher minimum wage than the Federal Minimum Wage. West Virginia should be number 20. If elected to the House of Delegates, I promise to fight for a higher minimum wage and a Living Wage for the future. Since 1988, Congress has given itself 15 raises. They've raised MINIMUM WAGE only 3 times. We can no longer leave it up to Congress. If we want to be number 20, we must do this together."
  • Child Poverty
Excerpt: "In Logan County WV nearly 40% of children 6 years of age and under are living below the Federal Poverty Level. Logan County is one of the twenty-one WV counties that have experienced Persistent Child Poverty for the past four decades. One in four WV children lived below the federal poverty level in 2011."
  • Supporting Workers Rights
Excerpt: "Since the 1980's, labor union membership has been rapidly declining in the United States. As of 2009 only 13% of the population in West Virginia was part of a labor union. To make matters worse, in 2012 the controversial union busting ALEC Law known as “Right to Work” was sponsored and put forward in West Virginia. The bill has been stalled for the time being, but it remains a constant threat in a state that has been consistently turning more RED every year."
  • Future Funds
Excerpt: "The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the WV Center on Budget & Policy and many other organizations are working to create a trust fund financed through severance taxes called The Future Fund. They understand that the natural gas boom West Virginia is about to experience is likely to be just that, a boom that will be followed by a bust. West Virginia needs to be prepared to deal with the bust that we have experienced so many times with coal, and in my opinion The Future Fund is the best way to do that."
  • Broadband
Excerpt: "If West Virginia ever decides to take on this issue with an appropriate level of seriousness, we will have to ensure that WV tax dollars aren’t going to waste. I will support legislation forming a joint committee on advanced communication & information technology to investigate policies that effectively develop and maintain high quality broadband services in West Virginia. The West Virginia Legislature needs to hold telecommunication companies accountable by extending oversight of broadband services to the Public Service Commission."



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 24 is represented by two delegates. District 24 is represented by two delegates. Incumbent Rupert Phillips, Jr. and Ralph Rodighiero defeated incumbent Ted Tomblin and David Graham in the Democratic primary. Gloria Meadows was unopposed in the Republican primary, but did not appear on the general election list of candidates. Rodighiero and Phillips defeated Larry Rogers (I) in the general election.[1][4]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Rodighiero 29.9% 2,292
Green check mark transparent.pngRupert Phillips, Jr. Incumbent 27.7% 2,125
Ted Tomblin Incumbent 27% 2,069
David Graham 15.4% 1,179
Total Votes 7,665


Graham and his wife, Melissa Plumley, have a daughter.[2]

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