Cory was born and raised in Canaan Valley, WV. He grew up on a cattle farm and was raised with a strong work ethic. A family-owned ski business and restaurant fostered a love for people, the outdoors and nourishing food. Cory currently resides in Dryfork, WV, on two acres with his daughter, their dog and cat, a vegetable garden, and a lovely view of Dolly Sods Wilderness. 

Cory has been a consistent advocate for economic, education, and labor reforms that will help everyday West Virginians. A small business owner and licensed massage therapist for 15 years, he is an active member of his local community: the treasurer for two local nonprofits, volunteering and fundraising for the local Montessori learning center, coaching soccer, working on grants for community enrichment, playing music in a couple bands, and recently becoming a board member of the Tucker County Development Authority.

Supporting progressive candidates is an investment in our future. We have to counter the ravaging effects of apathy and energize people to engage in their lawmaking process. While it’s always easier to point the finger, we the People must own our share and find common ground to meet basic needs as a society and as communities. 

This initial fundraising goal is to pay for a professional website and graphic design for union-made campaign materials. Cory is merely one candidate in a slate of motivated Progressives running for State House and State Senate in WV. I hope you’ll consider supporting us as we attempt to repair and reform our broken systems to benefit the citizens of WV


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I support Cory.”

  • endorsed

    “because I think that he cares about people, the environment and the future health of people, animals and the entire planet.”

  • endorsed

    “Cory has demonstrated a knack for describing exactly how complex legislative issues will affect peoples lives, which is something we need more of in state capita(o)ls across the land.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Cory Chase because I believe he understands social justice, and what justice needs to be served so that poor West Virginians can access healthy diets, healthy wages, and healthy community environemnts. I also believe Cory Chase can address racism as so deeply rooted in our state, for opening up the hardened shell of white supremacy will allow for beauty and love that we can indeed fathom.”

  • endorsed

    “The future of West Virginia looks like Cory Chase. Thank-you for having the guts to go for it for all of us!”

  • endorsed

    “Honest and intelligent! What a welcomed relief you will be in the WV Legislature!”

  • endorsed

    “Cory is the right representative at the right time. Whether he is volunteering his time helping at the local nursing home, or planting trees to support timber growth and wildlife habitat or coaching the youngsters at the soccer field Cory is what every district needs. Someone that cares about their community and wants the community to be the best it can be. He’s active in his community and dedicated to his family. Cory is a great father and strives to make the lives of the people around him better. Help Cory achieve his goals and the community will be better for it. His volunteerism and leadership has prepared for this moment. *SUPPORT CORY CHASE*”

  • endorsed

    “WV needs dedicated young leaders who are willing to try new & innovative solutions to our problems.”

  • endorsed

    “Cory Chase is indeed a good candidate for every West Virginian. I have always seen him put the well being of the people around him above any ideology or difference. Not only he is outstandingly empathetic and very approachable, but open to new and different ideas. He has enough integrity to only make promises he can keep. The harsh winters of West Virginia have shown me the importance of good neighbors. Should he be elected he would be able to be an asset to a larger community. Mounti Semper Liberi”

  • endorsed

    “I've known him since he was just a little guy and can attest to his character, work ethic, and his beliefs. He has my support.”

May 10, 2018

On to November

The WV primary is wrapping up and there are absentee ballots still being tallied. I got 936 votes in my home county and 719 votes in our neighboring Preston County. Since I had no Democratic opponent, this primary wasn't contested. But now I know that I'll be facing off against the incumbent, Buck Jennings, in the general election on November 6, 2018. He's a Trumpster who does what he's told and doesn't buck the GOP trend. I look forward to debating him and then unseating him. There were some major Progressive victories across the state; the one exciting me the most is Kendra Fershee, who will go forward and unseat our US Congressman David McKinley in the US House.

Many thanks to all the people who are keeping tabs on this election, contributing to grassroots campaigns, volunteering and canvassing, and working the polls. For this whole experiment we call Democracy to work properly, it requires effort from more of us rather than less of us. The upper echelon would prefer the latter, but that's not an option anymore. With a little more than 1/3 of registered voters actually voting, we've got some work to do to change that.

Cheers to groundswell activism.

April 2, 2018

Exceeding Expectations

Wow. Crowdfunding is definitely an interesting way to approach finding a campaign; it’s also a good way to support the communities and causes that you appreciate. We are humbled by the support you all are providing this campaign...and from so many different parts of this great earth. 

We are about to launch the new website that will give you a glimpse into the platform. Citizen advocates are rising up across the the nation and the world to help address the interrelated issues that will affect us all. This will require our involvement and vigilance, to say the least! Many of you have offered to volunteer. That will be a huge part of this campaigns success or failure. Hold tight while we get the mailing list dialed in and know that we can’t do this without you!

Without a doubt, your support and input is vital to keep this campaign vibrant and healthy. “Not me, US” is one of my most often recited mantras as this venture unfolds. Thank you all so much and I’m looking forward to your help guiding this campaign towards success and positive steps forward for WV. Montani Semper Liberi!

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I support Cory.”

  • endorsed

    “because I think that he cares about people, the environment and the future health of people, animals and the entire planet.”

  • endorsed

    “Cory has demonstrated a knack for describing exactly how complex legislative issues will affect peoples lives, which is something we need more of in state capita(o)ls across the land.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Cory Chase because I believe he understands social justice, and what justice needs to be served so that poor West Virginians can access healthy diets, healthy wages, and healthy community environemnts. I also believe Cory Chase can address racism as so deeply rooted in our state, for opening up the hardened shell of white supremacy will allow for beauty and love that we can indeed fathom.”

  • endorsed

    “The future of West Virginia looks like Cory Chase. Thank-you for having the guts to go for it for all of us!”

  • endorsed

    “Honest and intelligent! What a welcomed relief you will be in the WV Legislature!”

  • endorsed

    “Cory is the right representative at the right time. Whether he is volunteering his time helping at the local nursing home, or planting trees to support timber growth and wildlife habitat or coaching the youngsters at the soccer field Cory is what every district needs. Someone that cares about their community and wants the community to be the best it can be. He’s active in his community and dedicated to his family. Cory is a great father and strives to make the lives of the people around him better. Help Cory achieve his goals and the community will be better for it. His volunteerism and leadership has prepared for this moment. *SUPPORT CORY CHASE*”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “WV needs dedicated young leaders who are willing to try new & innovative solutions to our problems.”

  • endorsed

    “Cory Chase is indeed a good candidate for every West Virginian. I have always seen him put the well being of the people around him above any ideology or difference. Not only he is outstandingly empathetic and very approachable, but open to new and different ideas. He has enough integrity to only make promises he can keep. The harsh winters of West Virginia have shown me the importance of good neighbors. Should he be elected he would be able to be an asset to a larger community. Mounti Semper Liberi”

  • endorsed

    “I've known him since he was just a little guy and can attest to his character, work ethic, and his beliefs. He has my support.”

  • endorsed

    “He’s been well brung up & espouses the right causes”

  • endorsed