Moore Wants to Bring New Ideas to Treasurer’s Office
WHEELING — During a campaign stop last week, a candidate running for West Virginia State Treasurer, Harpers Ferry resident Riley Moore, said he hopes to bring the record of success he experienced while serving in the state legislature to the state treasurer’s office.
Moore, 40, is a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 67th District, where he served from January 2017 to January 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and a master’s degree from National Defense University, Fort McNair.
Moore said he not only hopes to do everything in his power to bring term limits to the treasurer’s office, but also to bring innovations to how the office operates.
“We’ve had the same state treasurer now for 24 years. I don’t think we’ve seen really any new programs or ideas rolled out in a while,” Moore explained, during his visit to Wheeling.
“One of the things I want to bring to the state treasurer’s office is this program I’m calling the ‘Jump Start’ savings plan,” he commented.
He said if elected, this plan would mirror a college 529 account, but would be for the blue collar worker — the 75% of West Virginians who don’t have college degrees. “The ‘Jump Start savings plan’ is going to allow people to save for tools, equipment, licenses and certifications as they come out of vocational community college or trade school … we need to train and equip our workforce for the future jobs that are going to hopefully be brought back by President Trump from overseas. … I think it’s also a way that we can build a more strong and robust middle class here in West Virginia. That’s what makes a strong economy,” Moore said.
“The backbone of a strong economy is a strong middle class and a strong working class, and so this Jump Start savings plan, I think, can spur entrepreneurship. I think it would be good for folks that are in organized labor. I think it would be good for the unions.
“I think it would be good for anybody who is involved in a big vocation or trade. So that’s one way that I want to innovate that office,” he added.
Moore said he vetted his plan with national state treasurer organizations.
“There’s nowhere else in the country they’re doing this. It is a completely unique idea that I have come up with,” he explained. He said if elected as state treasurer, the Jump Start plan is one way that he would be able to take the record of success he experienced with the state legislature and find solutions to difficult problems.
Moore said while campaigning has certainly been “different” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, his campaign continues to thrive.
“Just being a little bit of a younger candidate we have a pretty sophisticated social media operation where we’re able to reach a lot of voters. … We get a lot of direct contact actually through that and we’ve also been doing events through Zoom,” Moore said. “We’re still traveling through the state. … We are social distancing and being careful in that regard … and attending particularly outside events,” he added.
“One of the big things we’re running on is term limits. My opponent is running for his seventh term … and that’s something that has resonated with people all over the state,” Moore explained.
Moore ran unopposed in the Republican primary and will face John Perdue, a member of the Democratic Party, in the general election. Perdue has been state treasurer of West Virginia since his election in 1996.
“If I’m elected, I’m going to only stay in for one re-election and I’m going to do everything I can in my power to institute term limits in that office,” Moore added.
Moore, a Morgantown native, said he loves visiting the Northern Panhandle and has spent many special occasions visiting relatives in the area while growing up.
“My grandparents, Arch and Shelley Moore, lived in Glen Dale and I spent my entire life, holidays, birthdays … every year coming here growing up, and it’s a really special place for me and I love coming back,” he added.