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Cliff Ellis
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Former candidate for
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 14, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Master'sAmerican University
Place of birthMingo County, West Virginia
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Cliff Ellis was a Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia in the 2011 elections. He won 0.45 percent of the primary vote on May 14, 2011, placing last. Bill Maloney secured the Republican nomination.

He previously served as the Mayor of Westover, West Virginia.


Hailing from Mingo County in the heart of West Virginia's coal county, Cliff Ellis has spent most of his life in the state. As a young man, he joined the U.S. Air Force and saw service in WWII and in Korea. Returning home, he married Shirley and began a family. His career was spent in the mining industry, working in safety and rescue squads; Ellis eventually served as a both and State and Federal Mine Inspector. Ellis returned to school, receiving a Master's in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC and qualifying for an electrician's license. He started a business specializing in electric safety systems, some of which are in use in mines.

In 2004, Ellis was elected Mayor of Westover, his first public office.

He is also active with several civic groups:

  • VFW
  • American Legion
  • NRCC
  • AARP
  • NRA
  • the Heritage Foundation
  • the Freemasons
  • The American Security Council
  • the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Judicial Watch


Ellis' campaign was built around increasing transparency, cutting taxes for businesses and individuals, and improving veterans' services.



See also: West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as the Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia is a title accorded to the legislator elected as Senate President, and is next in succession to the office of governor.

Ellis lost the primary. Republican Candidate Bill Maloney won the Republican seat.

2011 Race for Governor - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Clark S. Barnes 9.58%
Mitch Carmichael 3.35%
Ralph William Clark 1.88%
Cliff Ellis 0.45%
Larry V. Faircloth 3.89%
Betty Ireland 30.91%
Green check mark.jpg Bill Maloney 45.11%
Mark Sorsaia 4.84%
Total votes 61,134

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