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Meet Danielle

Veteran | Advocate | Leader

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My name is Danielle Stewart. I am running for Mayor of Beckley in 2020. I want to take a moment to let you know a little about myself. I grew up here in Beckley attending Lincoln Elementary, Stratton Junior High, and Woodrow Wilson High Schools graduating in the class of 1989 before attending Concord University graduating in 1994.  

 

After graduating college, I returned to Beckley.  Like a lot of people my age the only jobs available were retail or food service - not something we go to college to do with our lives. So I did what a lot of people in the area do, I left the home I loved for better opportunities. 

 

For me, that was the Army. I served 3 years In the Army Reserve while in college and then 20 years active duty. I served as an Engineer Officer, retiring as a Major in 2015. During my 23 years of service I lived throughout the Southeast and Midwest United States as well as Germany and South Korea. I deployed twice to Iraq, both times commanding troops conducting combat operations in Baghdad and Babil Province. I also deployed once to Afghanistan serving as the Brigade Chief of Operations. 

 

I came home in 2015 because I wanted to be here with my family and friends. I live in the same neighborhood I grew up. My kids played in the same park I did and graduated from Woodrow Wilson, the third generation of my family to do so. 

 

I am involved in the community. In my previous job I worked to improve our local environment, picking up trash and working on projects to protect our water resources. I currently serve as the chair of the City of Beckley's Human Rights Commission and as a board member of both Fairness WV and Friends of the New River Gorge. I am a member of the Beckley Womans Club, Piney Creek Watershed Association, and the Raleigh County Historical Society.  I participate in the Read-Aloud program and I am an active member of my church.  I invest my time, money, and effort in making Beckley better. 

 

 I also want to hear from YOU! How would YOU make Beckley better?  Use the contact form and tell me how you would improve Beckley. Let's start a conversation about how working together, we can create the community you and your children deserve. 

 

I look forward to talking with you and hearing your ideas. Thank you for your support.

-Danielle

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Executive Director

Piney Creek Watershed Association

Division Engineer

2nd Infantry Division

Korea

Brigade Chief of Operations

1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell and Afghanistan

Brigade Engineer

4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Fort Stewart and Iraq

Company Commander

E & HHC, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment

Fort Stewart and Iraq

Platoon leader

B & C Companies

54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade

Bamberg, Germany

1989 Graduate of Beckley High School

 

1994 Graduate of Concord College

(B.A. Geography)

 

2010 Graduate of Webster University

(MBA)