Wheeling Lawyer David Croft Seeks Seat on Ohio County Board of Education

Wheeling resident David R. Croft, a lawyer and CPA, has filed to run for a seat on the Ohio County Board of Education.

Croft believes it is critical that the planning for tomorrow begins today in Ohio County Schools. With the county board of education looking to invest nearly $70 million in facilities and equipment, Croft, who has a history of serving the local community, believes that his education and professional experience position him to add value at this time. As both a CPA and lawyer, he will bring unique and relevant input to this planning process.

“The funds raised from the proposed bonds and (state School Building Authority) present a once-in-a-generation capital contribution plan,” he said. “This plan must be carefully analyzed, and the funds strategically deployed. The Ohio County Board of Education will benefit from having members experienced in dealing with these kinds of commercial transactions and expenditures.”

In addition to financial planning, Croft believes that providing a safe and effective learning environment for Ohio County school students at every school is a priority.

“Our school system is a pillar in the foundation of our community. I am committed to bringing people together to find solutions that will strengthen Ohio County Schools, and will improve opportunities for all of our children, because our community’s future depends on this,” he said.

Croft grew up in Wheeling and graduated from Wheeling Park High School. He has practiced law for the past 19 years in Wheeling, and is a member of the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC. His legal practice focuses primarily on complex business transactions and tax planning.

Prior to entering law school at WVU, Croft practiced as a CPA in Morgantown.

Croft and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Wheeling since 1999. They have four children who have either gone through or currently are students in Ohio County schools: Amber Garlitz graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 2009 and resides in Lawton, Okla.; Taylor Croft graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 2011 and is finishing her final semester of physical therapy school at West Virginia University; David M. Croft is a junior at Wheeling Park High School; and Emily Croft is a sophomore at Wheeling Park High School.

Croft received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1989 from West Liberty University and his law degree in 1999 from the West Virginia University College of Law. He has served as an adjunct lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law where he has taught multiple tax and other course subjects. Croft is a frequent lecturer and seminar speaker on subjects that include tax, estate planning, trust law, tax-exempt entities, and choice of business entity.

Croft currently serves on the board of the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority, the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health, the West Liberty University Foundation where he serves as chairman, and as a board member on other tax seminar boards.

“Throughout my professional career and volunteer efforts, I have worked alongside others to advance the organizations’ missions. The Ohio County Board of Education, as it comes together after this election, will achieve great things for our schools and community. It would be my privilege to serve on this board.”