Do we need change in Western Maryland...
Do we need growth in Western Maryland...
...Then Vote Virts on June 26, 2018!
One of James’ main concerns for our area is figuring out ways to attract new employers to the district that would provide sustainable jobs by sustainable means. He will be a forward thinking voice in Annapolis, with 21st century ideas. He will fight to bring state funding to the area in order to strengthen our schools, our infrastructure and our municipalities.
A vote for Virts means fiscal responsibility for our future.
James “Mikey” Virts Jr. was born and raised in Oakland, Maryland. A graduate of Southern High School, Garrett College and Frostburg State University, James appreciates the quality education he received at three quintessential Western Maryland institutions. After spending some time in Chicago for his acting career, James moved back to Oakland to start a family, knowing that his future children would enjoy not only being close to family, but would benefit from being close to the outdoors and small town values.
James became active with Our Town Theatre (OTT) while still in high school. It was there that his love of theatre and working with the community was fostered under his mentor, Jane B. Avery. After moving back to the area, James immediately became active again in OTT, first as a board member, then Vice President, President, and eventually Artistic Director, which is his current position at the theatre. James is only the second artistic director in the theatre’s 20 year history.
Through his work at the theatre James became a driving force on the team responsible for achieving the designation of Oakland’s Arts and Entertainment District in 2017. Oakland is able to not only foster local creativity, but encourage new artisans to move to the area to take advantage of the tax incentives provided through this designation.
Currently living in Deer Park with his wife and three daughters, James works from home as a financial analyst. In his current position he has gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be fiscally responsible and how the finances of a billion dollar corporation are run.
James believes that holding public office is an opportunity to serve the people of District 1A, an area that has made him who he is today.
Educating and training capable workforce
Encouraging organic economic growth
Expanding tourism throughout the district
Reinvigorating job growth
Empowering small businesses
Utilizing sustainable energy resources
District 1A includes all of Garrett County, and parts of Allegany County.
Cities and towns from Allegany County include those as far south as Westernport and Luke, as far north as Lonaconing and Midland, and those towns to the east that border West Virginia.