Riley Moore Brings West Virginia Treasurer Campaign to Wheeling

Photo by Joselyn King Riley Moore, Republican candidate for West Virginia treasurer, visits Wheeling this week.

Riley Moore started his adult life as a welder. Now he wants to forge a future for West Virginia as the next state treasurer.

Moore — the eldest grandchild of former Gov. Arch Moore and the nephew of U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito — has announced he will run for treasurer in 2020 on the Republican ticket.

He previously served a term in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he was in line to be House majority leader before losing a re-election campaign in 2018.

Moore lives in Harpers Ferry in the Eastern Panhandle, but he has fond memories of visiting his grandparents and spending time in the Northern Panhandle.

“As you can imagine, I spent a lot of my life up here in the Northern Panhandle — particularly Moundsville, Wheeling and Glen Dale,” he said. “I was here for Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays and summers.

“It feels like a second home to me.”

During his visit to Wheeling this week, Moore said he visited Oglebay Park and the Winter Festival of Lights and took video of the displays on-line for his relatives out of the area to see and reminisce.

Moore said he is thinking about the future of his 20-month-old daughter Lena, and wants to bring the treasurer’s office into the 21st Century for she and the next generations of the state.

He wants to bring modernization, transparency and accountability to the Treasurer’s Office.

“I think we need change in the State Treasurer’s Office, and change that reflects the new set of challenges we are going to face as a state, which are really generational,” he said.

One of the challenges the office faces is the growth of its payroll, which is increasing as the population of West Virginia continues to decrease, according to Moore.

He also wants to initiate the “Jump Start West Virginia” savings plan, a means for those in technical and vocational schools to save money to purchase the tools and equipment, licenses and certifications they will need for their job after they graduate.

Moore knows about this first-hand. After high school, he worked as a welder and wanted to start his own mobile welding business.

His grandfather, meanwhile, “harangued” him to go to college and further his education, he said. Moore would pay his way through James Mason University by working as a welder. This led to his going on to work for a defense contractor making components for the military, and obtaining a masters degree in government and international relations from the National Defense University.

For a time, he worked in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. House’s International Relations Committee.

Today he is employed by Textron, and is involved with making helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps.


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