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Wood County committee honors Fox as Democrat of the Year

PARKERSBURG — A councilman from the city of Parkersburg has been named Democrat of the Year by the Wood County Democratic Executive Committee.

Jeff Fox said he was a little surprised and appreciative, but unaware that he was being considered for the honor.

“I didn’t even know I was on the radar,” Fox, 57, a life-long resident of Parkersburg, said.

Fox is the representative for city council District 9, having been elected to council in 2016. He is a former member of the executive committee, having resigned upon election to city council.

While politics may be pervasive in higher levels of government, Fox said he doesn’t consider politics when working with constituents.

“Not at this level,” he said.

Fox was born and raised in Parkersburg and attended Emerson Elementary and Hamilton Junior High schools. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1980 and graduated with an associate of science degree in 1982 from West Virginia Institute of Technology at Montgomery.

He also attended Parkersburg Community College and in 2011 graduated from WVU-Parkersburg with a regents bachelor’s of arts. He was named to the Presidential Scholars list at the college.

Fox takes pride as a volunteer disc jockey, particularly for the alternate prom dances for special needs students at Parkersburg High School.

“It’s nice,” he said. “It makes you feel humble to make these kids happy for a little while.”

Previous Democrats of the Year include Kim Coram, Judy Stephens, Daryl Cobranchi, Jane Burdette and Jean Grapes.

“Jeff Fox was an active member of the Democratic Executive committee for years, prior to his election to Parkersburg City Council. And even after winning that election, he still volunteers as MC/DJ for the executive committee for all of our events,” party Chairman Judith Stephens said. “We count on him and he always comes through. I can’t think of anyone I am more proud to give this award to. He is a true Democrat and a generous and giving human being.”

Fox was influenced by his late parents, Bernard and Nina Fox, who were raised during the Great Depression. Fox is focused on issues faced by lower- and middle-class workers trying to provide for their families, children and senior citizens.

He is a member of Local 968 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers where he was a steward, organizing instructor, recording secretary, president, business manager and financial secretary and served on the negotiating and apprenticeship committees.

On City Council, Fox is on the Public Works, Finance, Personnel and Storm Water committees.

Fox also helps with fundraisers for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia and volunteers as a DJ for several groups, including the National Night Out, events sponsored by the city, the party executive committee and offers technical support for the Wood County Family Resource Center’s Movies in the Park.

He has participated in the cleanups of the parks with the Friends of Parkersburg Parks, helped with groups that have organized school and neighborhood cleanups in Parkersburg, volunteered for the cleanup of the Sumner School and attends meetings of What’s Next MOV.

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com

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