Raymond V. Davis III of New Martinsville announced he will run as an Independent for West Virginia's 1st District congressional seat in 2012.
"I'm running because I'm tired of how Washington is ignoring people," he said. "They're more concerned with lobbyists and interest groups. They're supposed to serve the people, and not big business and special interests."
Davis, 37, is seeking the seat occupied by Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va. Democrat Mike Oliverio, who narrowly lost to McKinley in 2010, also has indicated he will run again in 2012, along with Wheeling Democrat Sue Thorn.
Davis is a graduate of the former West Liberty State College, where he achieved a bachelor's degree in marketing. Davis went on to obtain a master's in international business at Salem International University.
Presently he is unemployed, and Davis acknowledged the experience has inspired his campaign.
"I want to put people back to work," he said. "One of my issues is creating jobs in the Ohio Valley."
Davis said the biggest challenge to his campaign is "convincing voters that voting for me is not a waste of their vote."
"Another challenge is getting people to not vote straight party," he said. "They have a mindset that if their mother and father were Democrats, and their grandparents were Democrat, that they should vote Democrat. But you have to think about the future - not just the party."
Davis terms himself a political "moderate."
On the conservative side, he believes in the right to bear arms, that government spending must be reduced and that health care reform law must be repealed.
"But I also believe in food stamps, and in programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children) to help the needy in the area," Davis said. "Most conservatives don't believe we need these things."
He also favors leaving the Social Security system as it is.
"I don't believe we need to put Social Security in the stock market," Davis said. "It's way too risky. The way it is set up, it works perfectly. But we've got the government dipping their hands in the cookie jar instead of leaving it alone.
"If government would not touch the money, we would be all right," he continued. "The system is not going broke. It's just that our politicians are taking funds out that shouldn't be taken out."