John Bertram served 37 years as director of the Brooke County Health Department before retiring. Now he wants to be a county commissioner.
He believes the county's main issue is the need for more jobs. He would like to develop a program in which current entrepreneurs would mentor younger people looking to start businesses in the county.
"Brooke County must be actively marketed," he said. "Our greatest asset is our people. This is a great place to raise a family."
Bertram believes the potential for developing the Marcellus and Utica shales is great.
However, he would like state officials to direct more of the severance taxes from gas drillers back to the counties.
He also said reducing the levy rate due to an influx of money from drilling could be considered in the long run.
Bertram is challenging current Commissioner Marty Bartz, along with eight other Democrat candidates, in the May 8 primary election. No Republicans filed for the seat.