BUCKHANNON — As a true Buckhannon native, candidate for Mayor Robbie Skinner sincerely and wholeheartedly loves his community – a hometown boy through and through, he bleeds white and royal blue.
As Mayor, Skinner said he intends to, “Focus on economic development by creating a strong partnership between the city and the Upshur County Development Authority – a relationship that’s not currently there.” Skinner also believes that the City of Buckhannon needs to ensure that investments into the public safety departments are continuously on the priority list. “It is imperative that our residents and business owners feel safe in our community,” Skinner stated. He also feels strongly about promoting and preserving Buckhannon’s historic downtown district, while making sure the residential neighborhoods receive much needed attention as well. “Our downtown is, of course, a crown jewel. When the flowers are in full bloom, you won’t find a more beautiful Main Street,” he elaborated.
Rather than simply commanding tasks be completed, Skinner wishes to be a servant Mayor – working right alongside the city’s employees to help complete projects. Skinner explained, “Which is why I volunteered to put up the new historic street signage around town. I’ve been pushing for these new signs as a City Council member, so naturally, when it came time to put them up, I wanted to be part of the project. I am a hands-on worker.”
Ultimately, it is the city’s responsibility as a governing body to always provide essential services as efficiently and effectively as possible, according to Skinner. “It’s not my money, or council’s money, it’s YOUR money, and we must be good stewards of your money,” he stated. Therefore, Skinner insists that the City Council needs to create pro-economic policies for already existing businesses, as well as future businesses, rather than the city acting as the primary economic driver in town. “What I mean by that is, it’s not our responsibility to be involved in the real estate business, and before we begin a new project, we need to finish what we started, and maintain our existing infrastructure,” he explained.
If elected, Skinner assures he will work tirelessly for you. He will be honest, fair, transparent, respectful and honorable. “Serving as Mayor of my hometown is the ultimate labor of love. Buckhannon is a family, and together we will celebrate success, solve complex issues, and plan for our future, all while showing patronage to our culture and history,” Skinner specified. Skinner understands that everyone may not always agree on the way in which things are done, but he promises to listen to you and carefully consider your thoughts and ideas as citizens of Buckhannon.
Skinner has been heavily involved in many civic organizations over the years that have been chiefly responsible for beautifying and promoting Buckhannon, including serving as the President of the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce, and also as a board member of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, Artistry on Main and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.
Skinner and his family are long-time members of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, where he served as Lay Leader prior to being elected to Buckhannon City Council in 2016. Skinner was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital to parents Bob and Jane Skinner. He was raised near the City Park and educated at Academy Primary, the Intermediate School, B-UMS and B-UHS, graduating in 2007. Skinner is also a 2011 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has served as a local insurance agent since 2012, managing Mountain Lakes Insurance Agency on Main Street.
“Doing the right thing for our entire community will always be at the forefront of every decision, as it has been during my tenure as member of City Council. I believe in this community and I want to see it thrive!” Robbie articulated. He humbly asks for your vote on June 9.