Delegate John Mandt Jr was first elected for public office in 1996. He served a six year term on the board of the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation Committee. Over those six years John gained valuable experience in the political realm. Since then, John was asked to run for local and state office. As a father of three young children, the timing was never right.
In 2018, after his youngest had graduated high school, John finally answered the call and filed to run for WV House of Delegates, 16th District. Again, his election was a success!
John’s district encompasses the Eastern half of Cabell County and the Northern part of Lincoln County. Delegate Mandt’s district features 22 strategic miles of the Ohio River and also has railroad and access to I-64 which travels east and west.
Delegate Mandt was born and raised in Huntington, WV. As his father had done before, John started to work in his family business, Stewart’s Original Hot Dogs, at the age of 13. He is now the fourth generation to own and operate their 89 year old business.
John graduated from Huntington High School in 1981 and then attended Marshall University, majoring in business. John is also the founder of the WV Hot Dog Festival, Huntington’s largest festival, which has raised $250,000 for the Hoops Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
John is a volunteer, always giving to organizations in his city and state. He has worked with over 9 community organizations in the Cabell/Huntington area.
As a first year member in the WV House of Delegates, John has made a difference and serves on several key committees:
- Vice Chair on Small Business and Economic Development
- Seniors, Children & Family Issues
- Select Committee on Prevention of Substance Abuse
- Select Committee on Education Reform A
John and his wife, Ami, live in Huntington and have six children: Phillip, Trey, Abby, Briana, Sami & Mason. We have five rescue dogs: Bella, Marlee, Aspen, Scout and Kali. John & his family are active members at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. John is a Christian husband, father and businessman. He is proud and honored to serve the 16th District and the great state of WV.
I am passionate about the three things I noted above. Let’s attract new business that isn’t in our state and offer an opportunity to locate to WV by allowing an income tax break for a certain amount of years. We can also offer tax credits. We need to increase our industry along with population. In doing this, the housing market will improve, schools will be full and more money will be spent in WV. All businesses will receive an uptick in sales. More people also means more tax payers in our state. The solution is, more tax payers, not more taxes. Let’s make WV a destination. By doing this, we bring in more tax payers which can ultimately help in funding teacher and public employee’s pay and insurance. Our teacher’s and state employees need to be fairly compensated along with being evaluated. It is a shame that the hardest worker’s, in general, are compensated the same as their lesser co worker. The drug crisis is another disrupting and crushing blow to communities, families and businesses. We have to take control needle exchange along with the drug paraphernalia that is included with the needles. We need to have effective rehab and work to get the users to be productive citizen’s. I am also PRO LIFE. We need to effectively reduce and eventually stop abortion. Especially tax funded abortion!
I am always interested in learning and serving. I want to see how this process goes for me. If I like the House and do well, I would certainly consider the State Senate. I want to focus on the House at this time and understand the requirements for the job.