My name is Rusty Williams and I’m running to represent the people of the 35thDistrict in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Born and raised in Kanawha County, I am a lifelong West Virginian.
Educated in Computer-Aided Drafting & Design as well as Audio/Video Production/Engineering, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the majority of my life doing things I truly enjoy, but after more than a decade working as a draftsman, live-sound engineer, musician, artist, and painter, I was diagnosed with late-stage testicular cancer in 2012 and my life was forever changed.
Forced to face a life-threatening illness without insurance, not only did I have to fight to stay alive, a good bit of my energy and time was spent fighting bureaucrats who were far more concerned with bottom-line economics than my health and well-being so upon completion of chemotherapy, I resolved to dedicate my life to fighting for patients.
For the last decade, I’ve worked tirelessly to end the prohibition of the flower that got me through chemotherapy and ultimately saved my life. I played a pivotal role in the building of the grassroots movement that was ultimately responsible for the passage of the WV Medical Cannabis Act and was appointed to the patient advocate position on the WV Medical Cannabis Advisory Board by Governor Jim Justice in 2017.
In the time I’ve spent advocating for patients, I’ve not only learned how to successfully navigate the political process, I’ve also been able to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and in both the Senate and the House, forming relationships that will be extremely beneficial when advocating for legislation that will benefit the people of West Virginia for generations to come. I know what it takes to get things done and I look forward to working for the people of the 35thDistrict. I hope you will consider voting for me when you head to the polls on May 12!