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Michael "Mike" Bright

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Michael "Mike" Bright
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Candidate for
West Virginia House of Representatives, District 4
High schoolPoint Pleasant High School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service3
Professionprivate investigator
Campaign website
Michael "Mike" Bright was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 4 of the West Virginia State Senate.

Bright's professional experience includes working as a private investigator at his own firm and as a law enforcement officer. He served in the United States marine corps from 1970 to 1973, seeing deployment to Southeast Asia with Marine Aircraft Group 36.

In 2004, Bright was elected as Sheriff of Jackson County. He has been recognized as "Outstanding Democrat of the Year for Jackson County" in 2005 at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Celebration in Charleston, West Virginia and "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" in 2007 and 2008 by the West Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2010, Bright was awarded the "Public Official of the Year" award by Main Street Ripley in Jackson County.


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Bright listed the following issues:[1]

  • Economic Growth:
  • "Work hand in hand with local and state economic development professionals to help grow existing businesses and recruit new businesses to provide quality employment for our residents."
  • "Support existing efforts to reduce or eliminate the tax burdens on employers in order to create more quality jobs."
  • "Address the concerns of employers and assist in helping make them more competitive in the global marketplace."
  • Drug Abuse:
  • "Address prescription drug abuse at its source through legislation requiring close monitoring of those who prescribe and supply abused drugs."
  • "Support the establishment of drug abuse treatment centers within West Virginia to help eliminate payments now being made to out of state facilities."
  • Education:
  • "Support legislation and programs which assist our schools in teaching the employment and life skills that make our emerging work force more productive, responsible and attractive to 21st century employers."
  • Transportation:
  • "Make the completed U.S. Route 35 upgrade a priority, without imposing tolls on travelers."
  • "Emphasize safety improvements to our 4th District roads."
  • "Guarantee that the 4th District receives a fair share of state and federal spending on all aspects of public and commercial transportation."
  • Emergency Services:
  • "Increase attention and support for vital services, including fire departments, ambulance services and law enforcement."
  • Support For Our Military Veterans:
  • "Work with Cabinet Secretary of West Virginia’s Department of Veteran Assistance to guarantee that the many men and women of the 4th District who have served our country through dedication and sacrifice receive the support and services they have earned for themselves and their families."



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Bright ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 4. Bright defeated Marla Dee Ingels in the May 8 primary election and was defeated by Mitch B. Carmichael in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

West Virginia State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Carmichael 55.9% 16,981
     Democratic Mike Bright 44.1% 13,403
Total Votes 30,384
West Virginia State Senate, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bright 67.5% 6,085
Marla Ingels 32.5% 2,936
Total Votes 9,021


In 2012, Bright was endorsed by:

  • The West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education[5]


Bright has a wife, Debbie.

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