"Difficult times require strong leadership, and I intend to use this campaign as a platform to discuss creative solutions to the problems that affect not only the residents of this district, but people statewide," Maxey said. "This election is an opportunity for residents whose issues have long been ignored by the state government to have a strong voice for their concerns. Taxpayers here are not getting the full benefit of investment in roads, infrastructure and education that they are paying for."
Maxey and his wife Theresa bought their property on the Blue Ridge Mountain in 2000 and have since relocated their business to Harpers Ferry. As the owner of a locally-based small business, Maxey believes that job growth and individual opportunity are the strengths of small business, and that West Virginia must look to those strengths for its economic future.
"Charleston is too quick to cave in to the demands of big business in return for vague promises" says Maxey. "We need to demand more. The 66th District has the natural and human resources necessary for a strong economy. We need to make certain that we also have access to the education and infrastructure that are required."
The 55-year-old Maxey was born in Morgantown, West Virginia where his Boone County parents were both public school teachers. He was raised in Maryland after the family was forced to move in order to make enough money to feed five kids on a teacher's salary. While working his way through school at the University of Maryland as an auto mechanic, an opportunity arose to return to his native state as the regional service manager for the manufacturer of Subaru cars. Three years traveling West Virginia while working with owners of the independent dealerships left Maxey with a strong understanding of the problems faced by small businesses operating in the Mountain State. Maxey left Subaru in the 1980s to found the technology company that he has now been operating for over 30 years.
Maxey's entry into local politics came in 2005 when he learned that Jefferson County was still using the same brand of "punch card" voting machines that caused the "hanging chad" scandal during the presidential election of 2000. He volunteered to serve on the County Clerk's elections advisory committee where he argued forcefully against purchasing the expensive and unverifiable touch screen system that was being recommended by the Secretary of State.
Maxey went on to serve two terms as President of the Jefferson County Democratic Association (where he is currently Vice President), and he served three years on the Jefferson County Planning Commission. He is also a member of the board of the Blue Ridge Mountain Watershed Coalition and chairs the Saint Andrew's Mountain Community Center.
For more information email John@Maxey4Delegate.org or PO Box 847, Charles Town, WV 25414.