Petitioning for ballot access for House of Delegates, 59th District
Hometown: Terra Alta, West Virginia
Born in Lexington, Kentucky at the onset of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Jeff grew up in New England and Ohio. He learned to ski in Stowe, Vermont where his family ran a restaurant/lodge and lived for a year in historic Concord, Massachusetts. From there, his family relocated to the Toledo, Ohio area where he earned his Eagle Scout rank by age thirteen and graduated from Perrysburg High School. He enlisted in the Air National Guard as a weapons system mechanic at age seventeen (re-enlisted in the West Virginia unit at age forty-one as an aircraft electrician), attended Bowling Green State University and then graduated from Ohio State University with a BS degree in Welding Engineering. Jeff then worked in the machine tool industry in and around the Detroit area for the next fifteen years becoming a registered PE and earning his Masters Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).
Relocating to the Mountain State after a few years in New Jersey at the GM Linden truck plant, Jeff worked for a few more years in manufacturing and then switched gears becoming a supplemental health insurance agent with AFLAC. Speaking with business owners and their employees to develop new accounts in this entrepreneurial endeavor helped him to develop and hone his interpersonal skills. He got involved in Republican politics in 2000 with a congressional race and then became the eastern panhandle coordinator for a 2002 U.S. senate campaign. Jaded by that party’s lack of commitment to principles, he joined the nascent Constitution Party of West Virginia and since 2004, has served as trustee, chairman, and currently secretary. In these capacities, Jeff has been instrumental in coordinating petition drive ballot access for their 2008 presidential and 2010 congressional candidates. He ran for U.S. Senate in the 2010 special election garnering 1.2% of the vote after only two months of campaigning and less than a thousand dollars in fundraising. He is a ski instructor at the Wisp Resort, enjoys golf, following ice hockey, and is an avid record collector.