ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- St. Albans mayoral candidate Scott Russell doesn't mind being described as "flamboyant."
"That probably came from my mother," the 55-year-old business owner said. "She worked 35 years at a law firm. The way she dressed, everyone thought she was an attorney. She was the bookkeeper."
Russell appears in his campaign literature dressed in a cowboy hat, leather vest and a shirt emblazoned with the American flag. It's not so much for show, as Russell said he dresses that way all the time, and is not above changing clothes three times a day.
But at the same time, the owner of Scott's Home Repair and lifelong St. Albans resident is perfectly willing to wade in and get dirty.
"I'm not afraid of work," he said. "If a guy's digging a hole I'll jump in with him."
Russell faces off against incumbent St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway on Saturday for the St. Albans general election. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Russell said his parents moved to St. Albans when he was 5 years old. A St. Albans High School graduate, he got a reputation as a hard worker and currently runs a home repair company that does everything from plumbing to roof repairs and light construction work.
"I even buried a dog once," Russell said. He was doing some work in a neighbor's yard when someone asked if he'd be willing to help inter the animal. The owners agreed to pay, but Russell turned them down.
Russell's wife, Vicki, said he's just like that.
"We're always doing charitable things for people," said Vicki Russell, an ordained minister.