Ted Arneault Jr. Announces Bid for Hancock County Commission
NEW CUMBERLAND — Former Oak Glen football coach Ted Arneault Jr. has filed on the Republican ticket to run for Hancock County Commission.
A resident of Riverside Drive in New Cumberland, Arneault is seeking the Clay District Seat.
Arneault, 39, served as Oak Glen’s football coach since 2016, and led the Golden Bears to their first OVAC title since 1965. His team was ranked No. 1 in the state when a high risk of COVID-19 ended the season.
He will be remembered for stressing the importance of culture change within the program, adopting the familiar mantra of “family” for his team. Arneault is currently in his 15th year as a teacher at Oak Glen High School and remains in that position.
While many see public service as a challenge during these difficult times, Arneault views it as an opportunity.
“I believe the county commission is a great catalyst for service-focused leadership,” said Arneault. “The commission should be focused on collaboration with government at the local, state and national levels.
“Now is the time for action to strengthen the partnerships between government, business and the citizens of Hancock County,” he added. “We need an infusion of positive culture in the commission that will spark opportunities for growth and jobs. I want to see the young people we have taught in the public school system to be able to build their careers and families here.”
Arneault stressed he would work with the current members of the commission to promote what the county innately has to offer businesses that could potentially call Hancock County home.
A West Virginian by choice, Arneault has lived and worked in West Virginia for more than 30 years. He is a 2001 graduate of Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law from the University of Michigan, and his master’s degree from The Franciscan University of Steubenville.
He has applied 80 credits beyond his master’s degree toward his West Virginia superintendent’s license.
Arneault began his teaching career at Madonna High School. He also has served as a teacher, coach and administrator at other area schools including Weir High, Brooke and Robert Morris University prior to coming to Oak Glen High in 2013.
His interest in government and his desire to make a difference began in childhood.
“Since I was a kid, I have shadowed many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, ” he said. “I have profound respect for the values and history that have brought us together as Americans and West Virginians. The current climate of political discourse is not healthy and I hope to do what I can to work proactively with colleagues to achieve measurable results. I believe I have a skillset that will add a productive voice to the commission.”
“I love living in Hancock County,” said Arneault. “It’s already a great place to live, but we must work proactively to mitigate the tides of economic decline. I hope to research and implement ideas to develop the beautiful land that we have, while simultaneously attracting outside resources to supplement meaningful economic growth.”