CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., Sept. 17, 2015 – David Manthos, of Charles Town, West Virginia, announces his bid for the open seat in the West Virginia Senate’s 16th district. The seat is being vacated by Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson. Manthos, who serves as outreach and communications director for a locally based nonprofit organization and as president of the Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats, identifies technology and mental health as key issues in his campaign.
“West Virginia has been languishing for decades at the bottom of nearly every list measuring health and prosperity, and our state’s resistance to change is undermining our ability to fix problems now and prepare for the future,” Manthos said. “The Eastern Panhandle can be a bridge to economic prosperity for all of West Virginia, but we are held back when nearly three-quarters of our population do not have broadband Internet access. We also lack adequate mental health and rehabilitation resources to address the epidemic of substance abuse.”
Manthos is a geographer, technologist and community organizer, and together with his wife Vaida, is active in a wide range of civic and community organizations across Jefferson and Berkeley counties. In addition to the Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats, he sits on the board of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown and works to alleviate poverty in Jefferson County through the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Shepherdstown. Manthos is a member of the Berkeley and Jefferson County Democratic Associations, and in May was appointed to the board of the Jefferson County Development Authority by a unanimous vote of the Jefferson County Commission.
“There are many challenges facing Jefferson and Berkeley counties, but I look forward to hearing from the voters of the 16th district and sharing my vision with them,” Manthos said.
For more information visit: www.davidmanthos.us