Strong work ethic, results-oriented, energetic, genuine sincerity, and community commitment are all examples of Paul Espinosa's style of leadership and service. Paul is Delegate for the newly-created 66th District seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates and will put these skills to work for Jefferson County and West Virginia.
Paul, a native of Jefferson County, is a past president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission, and is a past member of the Jefferson County Development Authority. He currently serves as board chair of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle. As a respected community leader, Paul will represent the values of the 66th district through his commitment to economic growth, job creation and improving the quality of life in Jefferson County.
Speaker Rick Thompson has appointed Paul to serve on the House Education, Roads & Transportation, and Political Subdivisions committees during the 81st Legislature.
"It will be my goal to create legislation that champions local business and aids in growing West Virginia's economy," said Paul in announcing his candidacy. "I recognize that small businesses are critical to our economy and I’m confident that West Virginia will realize the prosperity the rest of the nation enjoys as we become more competitive with our tax code, our regulatory climate and our legal system."
Paul and his wife Cathy reside in Pembroke Grove near Summit Point and are the parents of three children who have attended local public schools. Paul believes that a good education is necessary for children to succeed because with good education comes better opportunities, higher salaries and a better future. "I believe we must make the proper investments in education including investments in classrooms, teachers and resources our students need to learn," said Paul. "Jefferson County schools are among the best schools in the State and I will make it a priority to keep it that way by providing our schools the tools they need to ensure classroom accountability."
While committed to economic development and education, Paul recognizes that we can't allow government to grow faster than the taxpayers' ability to pay for it. "Unless excessive government spending is brought in line, West Virginia government will continue to eat up a greater and greater share of the dollars that should remain in the private sector to increase personal income and create jobs," said Paul.
Paul will effectively represent the 66th District and serve as a persevering advocate on issues we care about including economic development, first-rate schools, greater government accountability and transparency, and controlling government spending.