Terrell Ellis isn't a politician – in fact, she's never held a public office. As a community and economic development professional, Terrell has successfully helped dozens of local communities and nonprofits develop successful growth strategies and economic revitalization plans that have brought hundreds of millions of dollars into our communities. As our next State Senator, she knows firsthand the importance of stimulating community development to grow the state's economy and train our state's workforce to meet the needs of employers looking to grow their businesses in West Virginia.
A single mother who raised and educated four daughters in Kanawha County Public Schools, Terrell understands the importance of public education. She’ll fight to improve education and work tirelessly to give young people the opportunities they deserve to live, work and stay in West Virginia.
As owner of Terrell Ellis & Associates, she understands that small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy, and provide the best opportunity for creating jobs in our communities. And as an employer, she recognizes the challenges of providing good wages and benefits, as well as the importance of good public policy that helps make healthcare affordable to all West Virginians.
An avid volunteer in our community, Terrell has served as President or Chair of the following community groups: Bridge Road Neighborhood Association; Mountaineer Food Bank; Preservation Alliance of West Virginia; West Virginia Land Trust; West Virginia Rural Development Council as well as the John Adams Athletic Boosters. In addition, she has served on number boards including Spring Hill Cemetery; Charleston Area Alliance and the West Virginia Kids Count Fund. She is also a founding member of the Good News Mountaineer Garage.
She holds a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech. She resides in Charleston, where she has lived for 39 years. Terrell's most important job, however, is being the mother of four grown daughters: Rachel, Taylor, Hannah, and Kayse.
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