ABOUT JAMES ELAM
West Virginia House of Delegates - 36th District
James Cameron Elam was born January 10th, 1997 in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Mr. Elam is a former Corrections Officer, activist, and currently a politician from West Virginia. During his 2018 campaign, on August 11th, 2017, he submitted his candidacy paperwork to the West Virginia Secretary of State officially making him the youngest, openly gay democratic candidate to run for a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Mr. Elam's political platform focuses mainly on criminal justice reform, racial justice and equality, advancing LGBT rights and protections, legalization of marijuana, stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and supporting education. He is passionate about helping the people of West Virginia.
Mr. Elam has lived in Charleston since 2012 and is a graduate of Capital High School in Charleston, WV, where he was a Cadet First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army JROTC program and later attended Concord University in Athens, WV, before beginning his career in the private security and protective services industry with Securitas AB. He would join the Division of Corrections in 2016.
During his career in Corrections, Officer Elam worked diligently to protect his inmates, fellow staff, and the State of West Virginia. Mr. Elam left the West Virginia Division of Corrections to run for the West Virginia House of Delegates.
James Elam (D-WV)
Candidate, West Virginia House of Delegates