District 51 – Cindy Frich

Dedicated to God, family, and country, Cindy Frich has a strong calling to serve, matched by her desire to learn.

Cindy was baptized and confirmed in her grandparents’ church where her parents were married. Before graduating high school, Cindy had learned three foreign languages, lived a year in Japan on full Rotary Scholarship, represented her school in state-wide chemistry exams, and volunteered repairing senior citizens homes. She was chosen from her school for an art scholarship, starred in a high school musical, performed ballet for charity events and was the vocal soloist for High School graduation.

Cindy graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in political science with enough credit hours for an economics degree and studied seven foreign languages. She earned the President’s List more than once with her 4.0 grade averages, and was a regular on the Dean’s List while working as a waitress, cashier, and soccer referee.

Cindy represented Miami University in intercollegiate Fencing against top ranked teams, was the only female ice hockey player in the intermural fraternity league, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly. She has done post graduate studies at WVU and Cindy received the Outstanding Junior Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. She has traveled to all fifty states, many countries, and islands and is a certified SCUBA diver.

Cindy’s family has a strong work ethic. Her father, John, moved to Morgantown as a physician and faculty of WVU. Her mother, Marlene, was a high school and college basketball star, administrator for a member of the U.S. Congress, and market researcher before starting her own business in Morgantown and is now retired.

After working a summer at Chautauqua Institute as a liaison between the New York City Ballet, Cindy Frich learned strong customer service skills by working for several retail organizations including the Kaufmann’s downtown Pittsburgh headquarters. Putting others before herself, Cindy spent several years as care giver for her grandparents so they could die at home as they wished.

Cindy was a small retail business owner, involved in many community activities when she first ran and won a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates where she effectively fulfilled most of her campaign promises. She served two terms, was trusted with leadership positions informally in finding consensus among stake holders on legislation and formally as Small Business/Economic Development/Industry & Labor Committee minority Vice-Chair. Cindy passed a great deal of legislation as a minority member and stood up for our community. Cindy Frich was recognized for her high attendance record and received the “Friend of the West Virginia Taxpayer Award” from West Virginians Against Government Waste.

Following her service in the state legislature, Cindy became an independent contract political columnist for the newspaper of record, The Dominion Post, and was credentialed with the WV State House Press Corps. She is currently writing, working on projects of a proprietary nature. Cindy still puts family first assisting with guardianship of a family member while writing and working a small home based business.

Cindy was the Legislative Co-Chair and Award winner for the Business and Professional Women and is a member of the local League of Women Voters. Cindy volunteers for WV Special Olympics as an official and athlete’s buddy when the event is held at WVU. She helps those less fortunate than herself with volunteer service such as Appalachian Stand Down for homeless veterans, United Way Magical Night of Giving, Salvation Army kettle ringing and meal service, Ronald McDonald House and other service when she can.

Cindy Frich was appointed by county officials to serve the community and deal with several controversial issues. She was appointed by the Monongalia County Board of Health to study tobacco regulations. The Monongalia County Commission appointed her to the West Run Expressway Committee, where she became the Vice-Chairman and later was appointed to the Citizen Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization. (Please note that Delegate Cindy Frich was the only legislator in the region to vote against the user fee wage tax legislation.) Cindy also represented Monongalia County in Fairmont on the Region VI Planning and Development Council creating community and economic strategy through local governments and the private sector.

Cindy Frich’s experiences and challenges on these controversial committees taught her the importance of transparency and accountability in providing good government for all of the people, not just the powerful few.

Cindy was also involved in transportation and development efforts spearheaded by grassroots efforts. She was a charter member of First Things First and Citizens for Responsible Development.

Cindy helped former Morgantown Mayor Florence Merow with her Mason-Dixon Festival by serving as Publicity Chair, then Pageant Director, and finally President and Chairman. Cindy assisted on the banquet committee for the WV Convention of Fairs & Festivals in Charleston.

In addition to helping homeless veterans, Cindy Frich is past Vice Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Monongahela Valley Chapter. She is now Chapter Registrar, Charter and Organizing member of the new Woodburn Chapter of the DAR. Cindy was a member of the U.S.S. West Virginia Centennial Committee andCelebration of America Committee.

After saving the WVU Rifle Team through her legislative actions, Cindy Frich continued to support the team through efforts on the WVU Rifle Endowment Team. The Mountaineer Friends of the NRA Foundation Banquet Committee was formed to help the rifle team and Cindy Frich was Chairman of the NRA Banquet event all four years. Cindy is also a long time member of the NRA.

Cindy is a registered Republican and has tried to help our state have a viable two party system. She organized a Red Cross blood drive for the Monongalia County Republicans and has served three elected terms representing Marion and Monongalia Counties’ 13th Senatorial District on the State Executive Committee. Cindy Frich was elected on a state wide primary election ballot to be a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention, where she was the only West Virginian to serve on the RNC Platform Committee responsible for defining the issues for the party.

Last year Cindy Frich was chosen to be the WV State Coordinator for Smart Girl Politics, a nonpartisan grassroots national network. She helped organize the Morgantown Tax Day Tea Party, Morgantown Healthcare Freedom Rally, and Morgantown Healthcare Town Hall. She also volunteered for the WV Conservative Foundation Friends of America Rally.