Lawyer Holli Smith has been a Wheeling resident for 30 years, and now she wants to be the area's voice in the House of Delegates.
Smith, has filed as a Democrat for the 3rd District seat in the House representing Ohio County. The wife of County Prosecutor Scott Smith, she also is the mother of two adult daughters and twin sons currently in college.
She started her law practice in Wheeling in 1984, and focuses on family law.
"After raising kids for 26 years ... and spending all those years involved in community, sports and school activities ... I now have free time I can use to give a voice to people in Ohio County," she said. "My personal and professional life experience make me qualified to serve the residents of the 3rd district. ... I want to work for the betterment of the community."
A native of Ansted in Fayette County, W.Va., Smith earned a bachelor's degree in business education, economics and accounting from Marshall University. She also is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.
She encourages any Ohio County resident to call or e-mail her with any problems or concerns they may have about state government, as well as ideas and suggestions. Smith can be reached at 304-242-5752, or by e-mail at smithforwvhouse@ aol.com.
"I want to hear from the people what they think solutions are, and how I can help them.," she said. "The 3rd District delegate seat belongs to the people of the 3rd District - not who holds it. When you are elected, you represent not just those people who voted for and elected you, but all of them. There are many people who have ideas different from mine ... and I want to hear from them. Everybody deserves a voice."
Smith said as a family lawyer, she is accustomed to dealing with "people with sad stories."
"In family court I really see the problems (that affect families) - drugs, financial issues and people laid off who aren't getting unemployment," she said. "There are some very, very sad situations with people I see in the office."