As a resident of Berkeley County for almost 40 years and having lived in the City of Martinsburg since 2015, I deeply care about this community and want the best for its residents. I’d like to start by sharing a little bit about myself so you can get to know me better and understand why I am so vested in this beautiful area and the amazing people who reside here.
When I moved here nearly forty years ago, I was struggling. I grew up poor with a less than desirable childhood and no support or guidance. I did not have a clear path or direction of where I wanted to be in life. I didn’t always make the best choices. One day however, when I was in my early twenties, I woke up and realized I wanted more out of life. I was, and have always been, a hard worker and a problem solver. It was time to put my skills to work to make a better life for myself and my family. I soon began working locally in the construction industry. While working for a construction company in Winchester, I also began building houses in Berkeley County for myself at night and on the weekends. I worked seven days a week, eventually opening my own construction company here in Martinsburg which is Dulyea Construction. The past 30 years have had its fair share of ups and downs in the construction industry with many companies going out of business. However, I have worked very hard and made good business decisions which not only helped us survive, but made us successful as well. This is important because it has allowed me to have continuous work for my employees and give back to this great community through volunteerism and charitable giving. We are able to support the Boys and Girls Club of Martinsburg, Hospice of the Panhandle, Panhandle Home Health, Main Street Martinsburg and the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival to name a few. I have always made a point to give back to those who have been so supportive of me and my family which includes my wife Lori, our 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
It was in 2014 I had a vision for improvements within the county and wanted to make a difference in our community. I decided to enter the political arena and was elected to the Berkeley County Council, taking office in January 2015. As the current Vice President of the Council I also sit on the Development Authority, Airport Authority, Transit Authority, Region Seven, Sewer Board, MS4 Storm Water Board and Criminal Justice Board. Through my efforts on the Criminal Justice Board we have created a highly successful Day Report Center, a Recovery Resource Center and have restructured and assumed management of Home Confinement. These programs not only benefit those struggling with addiction issues, but the community as a whole and have saved millions of dollars in jail costs. With my work on the Airport and Development Authorities those entities are now self-supporting and bringing numerous businesses, jobs and opportunities to this area like never before. I have also worked diligently with the Senior Services Board to make the dream of a much needed remodel of their facility, a reality. It is an amazing place for our seniors to now go and enjoy. In addition to these boards, I was determined to keep the MARC train service in this area by facilitating a meeting between the 6 cities and 2 counties that would be impacted by ceasing its operations. With the efforts of myself and other local officials, this much needed service has been continued. Through my time in office, I have enjoyed meeting with our Governor, two Presidents and numerous state and national officials advocating for the needs of the citizens of Martinsburg and Berkeley County which have net huge benefits to our area.
Martinsburg is an incredible city with an enormous amount of potential, but there are needs that must be met. Revitalization of Martinsburg is a key objective of mine. This includes infrastructure improvements such as roads and sidewalks, incentivizing businesses to locate in Martinsburg, enforcing existing laws that hold landlords accountable for the condition of their properties and the tenants that reside in them, to name a few. I am sure we can all agree that we want Martinsburg to be a thriving location for businesses and families alike as there are great opportunities here. Transparency and accountability are also key objectives of mine. Honest and open dialogue is the key to success in any business and the City must be run like a business. This means being able to successfully budget, negotiate, meet objectives and obligations and support employees through strong leadership skills. It means that the public should have access to City Government information when requested. Equitability and fairness in business practices is also vital to a thriving City. We must hold folks accountable, but be certain we are doing so in a manner which is fair to all. We can do better than we have been doing. If we are going to provide a sense of comfort to residents and visitors, then there is a need for change. We need someone with proven leadership, energy and a vision for Martinsburg....not only in 2020, but for many years to come! That is why I am asking for your vote for Mayor of Martinsburg on July 28th. A NEW VISION FOR 2020!