Rosemary will be the first openly transgender person elected in West Virginia
On July 12th, Rosemary Ketchum officially announced her candidacy for Wheeling City Council to represent the 3rd Ward. As the Associate Director of NAMI of Greater Wheeling, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a member of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission and the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, recipient of the 2019 West Virginia Wonder Woman award, and a transgender woman, Ketchum wants to create an inclusive, accessible, and thriving community.
Ketchum has lived in Wheeling for almost a decade and has noticed the constant contradiction in the city. A growing energy, but a dwindling population. A blossoming arts and small business community, but families are struggling to make ends meet.
Her platform is built on community service and making Wheeling a city for all. With a plan to combat addiction, homelessness, lack of accessible public transit, along with many other public issues, she is working to ensure the values of the community will be reflected in the actions of the local leadership.
Ketchum is not one for just grand ideas; she is one who has solid plans of action. To her, this isn’t just about an election cycle or combating establishment politics; it’s about making Wheeling a place for all to call home. She pledges to organize, host, and fund positive community engagement events, to never hide from tough conversations, and to put 20% of her council pay back into the community.