Taking a Stand. Being a Voice for the Voiceless. Fighting for Justice.
Delegate Danielle Walker has devoted her life to service, family, community and advocacy. Danielle has represented District 51 (Monongalia County) in the WV House of Delegates since her election in 2018. Due to the redistricting which split District 51 into 5 separate districts, Danielle is running for reelection in District 81 (Morgantown).
As a single working mother who has raised two proud sons, Danielle knows first hand the struggles of too many of West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens and how unjust and ineffective too many of our government's policies are.
Danielle and her family settled in Morgantown after a move from Louisiana to Monongalia County in 2010 for work in the oil and gas industry. Danielle soon also helped her mother also resettle in Morgantown. During Danielle’s early Morgantown years, a series of crises led to Danielle finding herself moving from being a divorced mom but co-parenting living in a gated community in Cheat Lake to being a single working mom living in subsidized housing in Marjorie Gardens. To survive and to offer other struggling families a hand up, not a hand out, Danielle got busy organizing her neighbors to carpool to food banks and helping them learn to use the resources available. Through Habitat for Humanity, both Danielle and her mom each became homeowners after contributing many hours of labor helping to build their homes. Years later, Danielle has continued to volunteer in numerous ways for Habitat for Humanity, helping many other families achieve the necessity of safe and affordable housing and the dream of home ownership.
After the shocking tragedy in Charlottesville in 2017, Danielle felt called to do more to fight for justice, so she could help make the world a safer and better place for her sons and all children. Danielle went to every meeting, every demonstration, and every action she could to speak out for justice and human decency and to do her part to make progress in our community and our world. Her inspiring and impassioned speeches and her profound commitment to progress caught the notice of local grassroots activists, who encouraged Danielle to run for office.
Danielle’s first (and successful) campaign for House of Delegates in 2018 was marked by her incredible energy for making connections with our neighbors. If there was an event, Danielle was probably there. If there was a cause, Danielle was probably contributing. If there was a need, Danielle was probably trying to meet it.
In 2021, Danielle’s eldest son, Demetry, lost his brief, tragic battle with leukemia, shattering Danielle and leaving a huge hole in their small, close family and their large, loving circle of friends. Demetry’s generous and determined spirit lives on in both the important work he left behind and the love he shared with so many beloved friends and family. Danielle and other loved ones continue the work Demetry had only just begun by organizing blood drives which have already raised hundreds of precious units of blood products (as blood products were critical to Demetry’s short battle with leukemia) and raising funds for a nursing scholarship fund (as Demetry was just finishing his nursing degree when he passed away).
Danielle’s service as a Delegate has been marked by that same commitment to bring people together, same gift for inspiring others, and same passion for solving problems and serving the vulnerable. Danielle is fully committed to continuing to use her seat in the House of Delegates to effectively advocate for justice, opportunity, equality and compassion.