GILBERT, W.Va. – Mark Dean has made a career in the field of education, now the principal of Gilbert Elementary School has another profession to add to his list, West Virginia Delegate.
Dean defeated incumbent Phyllis Riffe White by only 245 votes in the November election. Dean received 52 percent of the votes for a total of 2,973 to White’s 48 percent with a total of 2,728 votes.
“It was a close race and I think people were ready for a change, I ran against Mr. (Harry Keith) White in the last election and I was defeated by a large margin of 40 percent to 60 percent” said Dean.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Phyllis White to the West Virginia House of Delegates 21st District position in January 2016 after her husband Harry Keith White resigned from the position to take a job in the private sector.
Dean said, “My first priority is jobs for our area and I would like to work with the governor-elect Jim Justice to bring more road projects to our area and open up the opportunity for more tourism and growth potential.” Dean goes on to say, “Our area in general has stayed the same while surrounding areas such as Pike County (Kentukcy) have seen significant growth in business, tourism and developments in recent years.”
Since the House is only in session three months out of the year, Dean doesn’t feel there is a reason his elected position will interfere with his job as principal at Gilbert Elementary School, do to technology today such as texting and FaceTime he doesn’t think he will have to miss out on anything.
The Legislative session in the Mountain State starts in January.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.