Video – US Senate Debate

Published on Oct 17, 2014
Ashton Marra hosted WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Libertarian Party candidate John S. Buckley and the Constitution Party candidate Phil Hudok in a debate of the issues facing West Virginians. All the candidates are vying for the seat that will be vacated by Senator Rockefeller. The debate was recorded at the West Virginia Public Broadcasting studios in Charleston.

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West Virginia PBS will host a debate for all five US Senate Candidates. The debate will be recorded and played back Friday evening, 7-8pm on West Virginia PBS, West Virginia Public Radio, and wvpublic.org.  Additionally, questions may be submitted online for the candidates until the morning of Thursday, October 16.

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Voters Guide Wood County WV Legislature Nov 2014

Voters Guide November 4, 2014 Wood County WV

WV State Senate, 3rd District, House of Delegates, Districts 8, 9, & 10

This candidate information is brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Wood County as a public service. Candidate responses are printed exactly as received, including spelling, grammar and content. Candidates’ responses were limited to 60 words.

CANDIDATES FOR WV STATE SENATE, DISTRICT 3

(District 3 includes Wood, Wirt, Pleasants and part of Roane Counties)

CANDIDATE: DAVID NOHE

Party: Republican

Biography

Married to Pamela (Daggett) Nohe 33 years. Presently WV State Senator 3RD District.

Former Mayor of Vienna/ 1997 to 2012. Former detective w/ W.C. Sheriffs Dept. Trained in dangerous drugs and narcotics by US Dept. of Justice/ DEA. WV Real Estate Broker/ Past President Of The W.C.P.B. of Realtors. Currently Licensed Contractor/ Master Plumber

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: I can’t honestly answer that question to my constituents when the curriculum wasn’t properly vetted, had no input from WV or local teachers in our county, or our elected legislators? Over half the states that adopted CC currently have looked at legislation to de-fund, slow, or stop CC. Without transparency, it appears Common Core is becoming a Common problem.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: We need to put funds from the gas and oil industry in to savings. We need to learn from the experience of what took place in our southern counties when we didn’t prepare for a day when coal might not be mined and make sure we take a percentage of the profits.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: Educations has to be the key for reducing drug abuse effectively. Being sent to prison and then being released back into society without guidance or education is a formula for disaster! Our revolving door is not working.

CANDIDATE: ROBIN WILSON

Party: Democratic

Biography

I graduated from Glenville State in 1988 with a degree in Biology and Social Studies Education. I’ve been a teacher and social worker for at-risk youth, done community development projects through the Benedum Foundation, helped start a small business, grown lots of vegetables, and installed home solar power. I feel blessed living with our good neighbors and beautiful hills. www.wilson4wvsenate.org

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: As a teacher, I support the Common Core Standards for giving more value to problem solving and analysis, not memorizing facts. However, test scores usually reflect wealth and privilege. Schools from low income neighborhoods need resources to compensate for inequalities, not punishments based on testing. Our students prosper with joyful, creative classes, not fear based teaching to the test.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: A strong economy needs manufacturing. Germany has grown its manufacturing sector with support for education, $ 250/semester for higher education, support for solar and wind power – now producing ¼ of their power – and unions on corporate boards. A prosperous economy has well paid workers, high minimum wage, equal pay for women, and regulations for clean water and air.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: People abuse drugs to kill pain. We need to return to a war on poverty. The war on drugs has failed us. Treatment, not jail time, is cost effective and humane. Our legal system is bogged down with marijuana violations. Marijuana legalization, as in Washington and Colorado, creates tax revenue and saves money in the legal and prison systems.

CANDIDATES FOR WV HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 8

(District 8 includes Williamstown and northern and eastern areas of Wood County)

CANDIDATE: BILL ANDERSON

Party: Republican

Biography

Born: Parkersburg, WV . Education: Graduate Williamstown High School, Marshall University, BA, West Virginia University, MA. US Air Force Vietnam veteran. Retired teacher. Elder: Williamstown Presbyterian Church. Member: American Legion Post 159, Wood County Farm Bureau, West Virginia Education Association. Elected to House of Delegates 1992-2012. Minority chair of House Finance Committee.

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: I have major reservations. Common Core standards being implemented by the WV Department of Education represents increased federal government invasion of education. Providing education is among the reserved powers of the states under the 10th amendment to the US Constitution. By offering funding to states if the adopt the Common Core standards the federal government is effectively nationalizing public education.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: Recent reforms of taxes has helped increase the attractiveness of West Virginia for business investment. Additional tax reforms, as well as legal reforms are needed to move our state forward. Infrastructure improvements will make West Virginia more attractive for investment. The high tech corridor from Morgantown to Clarksburg needs to be replicated in other parts of the state.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: Drug abuse must be confronted by enforcement and prosecution of drug dealers. We need to take steps improving economic opportunity. These steps would combat the feeling of hopelessness by some individuals which can lead to drug abuse. Specifically, tax and legal reforms, coupled with citizens receiving education and/or workforce training would create a climate encouraging investment and job creation.

CANDIDATE: DENZIL “BUDDY” MALONE

Party: Democratic

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATES FOR WV HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 9

(District 9 includes southern Wood and all of Wirt Counties)

CANDIDATE: ANNA BORDER

Party: Republican

Biography

Born in Parkersburg, resides in Davisville. PHS and WVU graduate; BS in elementary education/science. Appointed and elected to seat vacated by late husband, Larry. Serves on Health and Human Resources, Government Organization, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Senior Issues Committees. Mother of 3, grandmother of 8. Former Chaplain WVFRW. Trustee at Word of God Ministries. Married to Roger Sheppard.

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: No. This did not go through the legislative process. There is no pathway for science and currently, the highest level of math is Algebra II. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) need to be emphasized to compete internationally. Assessment results on individual students is too accessible by too many.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: Encouraging private investment through legal reform, eliminating tax on inventory and equipment, establishing intermediate court of appeals with an automatic right of appeal, requiring non-partisan election of judges, requiring a Jobs Impact Statement on legislation and periodic review of the effectiveness and impact of regulatory requirements.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: Stiffer penalties for abusers and suppliers, especially when children are involved; encourage increased community vigilance through rewards for information leading to arrests and convictions, with such rewards to be paid out of fines paid by those convicted; fund rehab centers with fines from those convicted of drug charges; charge abusers room, board and medical fees to use the facility.

CANDIDATE: JIM MARION

Party: Democratic

Biography

Age 61 wife Jan, children John & Jamie, grandchildren Lauren & Zach, graduate PSHS 1 yr. at WVU, have lived in Mineral Wells 31 yrs., retired delivery driver from UPS 27 yrs., work part time at Lowes.

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: I do not think these education goals have been fully investigated so I would not support them as they now stand.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: We have to adjust our spending as we get less revenue, whether it be coal, gas, or casino. The job force has to be able to shift to other well paying jobs.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: Legalize marijuana and get tax money from it to treat abusers, harsher sentences for dealers and crack makers.

CANDIDATES FOR WV HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 10

(District 10 includes the cities of Parkersburg and Vienna and extends south to Washington and Lubeck)

CANDIDATE: MICHAEL AZINGER

Party: Republican

Biography

I am a 1983 graduate of Parkersburg High School, and am married to my high school sweetheart, Jackie. We have three children. I am a Bible college graduate and have many years of experience in business, sales, and political consulting. I also hosted my own daily radio talk-show that dealt with politics, culture, and current events from a biblical perspective.

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: The problems with Common Core are large and are legion: a simple math problem, 9+6, takes an entire minute to calculate; CC seriously erodes parental authority; CC includes strong sexual content for children as young as four, etc. America decided one day, years ago, prayer and God were no longer essential, and we have been adrift in education since.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: Assuming a defeatist posture and acquiescing to the anti-capitalist EPA by saying we will no longer dig for coal is not a winning attitude. West Virginia has a long, proud history as a coal state-we should fight and defeat the EPA! Coal is a wonderful, plentiful, God-given resource that should forever remain a proud West Virginia resource.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: Encourage stronger families; promote marriage; and get churches more involved with addicts, and vice versa. Also promote free-market principles like low taxes and regulations to improve our economy so some people on the cusp of despair, who might otherwise be saved from drugs and alcohol by a good job, can be turned in the right direction.

CANDIDATE: FRANK DEEM

Party: Republican

Biography

Frank Deem born in Harrisville, WV Attended Ritchie County public schools, Mountain State Business College, WVU, BS Degree major in Petroleum from Marietta College. Served in House & Senate, perfect attendance 74th legislature. Independent oil & gas producer, after years of working in oil & gas fields with his father. Married to wife Rebecca, they have eight children. www.Frankdeemwv.com

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: If it supports a strong effort to teach reading, writing and arithmetic, I would say yes but, if the State Board of Education explains it as dummying down I would say no. My wife, a retired teacher and our daughter at Williamstown, an elememtary teacher, are not really sure what Common Core is trying to promote

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: According to the Federal Energy Information Administration “in 2040 the world will still use coal, oil and natural gas for 80% of its energy needs” With the recent increased production of oil and natural gas from horizontal wells, the US has become less dependent on foreign supplies. It is impossible to predict where future supplies will come from.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: I believe improving our economy and greater job opportunities for young people would result in less need for the use of drugs.

CANDIDATE: JOHN R. KELLY

Party: Republican

Biography

Educated Wood County Schools, Graduated Mountain State College, AAS; PCC (WVU-P), AAS; Glenville State, RBS. US Air Force veteran. Retired DuPont. Served on Council, 85-96, 2013-Present. Council President, 3yrs; held VP, Chairmanship of Public Works, Finance, and Personnel Committees. Five years on Area Roundtable. Various Civic and Fraternal organizations.

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: I do not support Common Core. WV should shift more to local control of our schools. Programs such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and Common Core continue to erode our educational system. Less focus on high stakes testing. Every student is not college bound, and more focus placed on vocational career building and skill related education.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: WV should continue development of wind and solar for future energy sources, and current technology for oil and gas (shale) must continue. Marcellus and Utica shale, if properly managed holds the key to energy independence in the US for the next 100 years. Marcellus contains 489 Trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. As technology increases, recovery rates will also increase.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: WV is in need of drug treatment facilities to deal with addiction issues that plague our state. Law enforcement does a good job dealing with reducing the availability of prescription drugs, however cheaper heroin has become the alternative. This has changed the game for addicts. Treatment and education are the necessary steps for solving this problem.

CANDIDATE: PAUL E. MILLER

Party: Democratic

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE: DAN POLING

Party: Democratic

Biography

I am a lifelong resident of Wood County. I have served in the House of Delegates for 8 years. I am currently Chairman of the House Industry and Labor Committee and also serve on the Finance Committee.

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: I do not support the Department of Education’s plan. I wouldlike to see the plan come before the Senate and House of Delegate Education Committees for our review and input.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: We need to start to attract new types of business and industry to the region in order to have a diversified economy.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: The drug abuse problem needs to be dealt with by prevention, education and rehabilitation programs. We have to properly fund these programs so they are successful. All dollars spent towards these efforts save money in the long run.

CANDIDATE: DON STANSBERRY

Party: Democratic

Biography

I have taught in Wood County for 31 years. College degrees: Master’s/WVU in Communication Studies, BS/Business Administration, BA/Elementary Education, minor in Political Science — Fairmont State. I’m in the MOV Sports HOF and awarded Outstanding West Virginian from Governor Caperton. I have 5 published books; the last of which won the London and Indy Book awards.

1. Do you support the WV Department of Education’s Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, West Virginia’s plan to implement Common Core? Explain.

Response: Because it’s already in place, so I will have to support it. It’s basically the same as before. In a few years it will change again. What’s missing in all this testing is the human element. Look at the people who were most influential in your education. Was their focus on the test scores? There’s much more to education.

2. What needs to be done now to prepare West Virginia for the time when its economy is less dependent on extractive industries?

Response: I think we need to look at some areas that have been successful in the state and try to reproduce what they are doing. The area between Clarksburg and Fairmont has had huge growth in recent years. We need to see why WV was attractive to these companies and what we can do to expand this trend.

3. What solutions would you offer to deal with drug abuse problems in West Virginia?

Response: This has been an increasingly difficult problem since the 60’s. The overwhelming majority of people incarcerated are there because of drug charges. The financial burden is huge. I think we should look into a technology system similar to the ankle bracelet. Longer sentences with greater monitoring and tracking can help apprehend repeat offenders.

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Voters Guide US Congress Nov. 4, 2014 General Election

Voters’ Guide November 4, 2014 West Virginia General Election

This candidate information is brought to you by the League of Women Voters of West Virginia as a public service. Candidate responses are printed exactly as received, including spelling, grammar and content. Candidates’ responses were limited to 60 words.

CANDIDATES FOR UNITED STATES SENATE

CANDIDATE: BOB HENRY BABER

Party: Mountain

County of Residence: Gilmer

Biography

I am the father of four children. As Mayor of Richwood I secured 5 million in grants to clean up the Cherry River and promote tourism and jobs. I am a Kellogg Fellow, a recipient of a National Wilderness Society Hero Award, and a widely recognized Appalachian artist and writer. As a Professor of English, I directed the WV Veterans (exceeded word limit)

1. What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

Response: In God We Trust—all others we scrutinize. Frackers should have disclose all chemicals used in the process, where they draw from, and dispose of, water used, and report where they are dumping radioactive tailings.

2. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain.

Response: I support increasing Voting Rights and including legitimate balloted candidates in debates. I have been barred from the October 7th “Fake Debate” between Capito and Tennant. This is undemocratic and insulting to the voters of WV. Big money in contaminating our elections.

3. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Response: Raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour, which will stimulate the economy and assist the working poor. We need to promote education from Headstart through college and keep the Pell grant program intact. Vocational education programs tied to industries’ needs (and societies, re: carpenters, plumbers, etc.) should be vigorously promoted. We should not subsidize exporting jobs overseas.

CANDIDATE: JOHN S. BUCKLEY

Party: Libertarian

County of Residence: Hardy

Biography

Former Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1980-81; retired from United States Court of Federal Claims, Acting Clerk of Court, Chief of Staff to Chief Judge; Electoral College, 1980, pledged to Ronald Reagan; Homeowner, Hardy County, WV, since 2002; native of New Orleans, Louisiana; J.D., College of William and Mary; 10-time marathon finisher; for more information, see JohnBuckley.org.

1. What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

Response: We do not need new laws, especially at the federal level, to vindicate property rights violations that may arise from natural gas extraction. Regulatory agencies invariably get “captured” by the very interests they were created to monitor. A vigorous judiciary, attentive to the property rights of those injured by environmental degradation, can best protect private and public interests.

2. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain

Response: Such legislation is unnecessary. Of course registration and voting should be kept simple, just as photo identification should be required to ensure voting integrity. While we’re on the subject of elections: 1) debates on public television should include all candidates on the ballot; 2) voters, don’t waste your vote on someone you don’t really like just to stop someone else.

3. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Response: No more corporate bail-outs and subsidies, no crony capitalism. Big Government paternalism is inevitably the path to prosperity for the well-connected in the name of serving the poor. The “War on Poverty” has enriched a lot of bureaucrats, but ensnared millions of Americans in the trap of government dependency. Free enterprise facilitates upward mobility.

CANDIDATE: SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO

Party: Republican

County of Residence: Kanawha

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE: PHIL HUDOK

Party: Constitution

County of Residence: Randolph

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE: NATALIE TENNANT

Party: Democratic

County of Residence: Kanawha

Biography

Growing up as the youngest of seven on our family farm, I learned how to do more with less. I brought those West Virginia values to the Secretary of State’s office, where I cut the budget and gave $3 million back to taxpayers. I’m running to bring those values to the Senate and put West Virginia first – www.natalietennant.com.

1. What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

Response: I support our booming natural gas industry and I know we can grow natural gas jobs safely and responsibly with input from local communities. We must also find ways to create even more jobs using our natural gas right here in West Virginia after it’s extracted. Bringing cracker plants to West Virginia is the first step.

2. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain

Response: Generations of veterans have fought to defend our democracy, including the right to vote. As Secretary of State, I have worked hard to make sure that all eligible West Virginians have the opportunity to have their voice heard and cast a ballot. I oppose laws that stand in the way of legally eligible Americans exercising their right to vote.

3. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Response: Anyone who works 40 hours a week should be able to put food on the table. It’s time for Washington to follow West Virginia’s lead and raise the minimum wage. I will also work to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas and invest in giving American workers the quality education and job training they need to succeed.

CANDIDATES FOR US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 1ST DISTRICT

CANDIDATE: GLEN GAINER

Party: Democratic

County of Residence: Wood

Biography

Glen has served as West Virginia’s Auditor since 1992. His focus on common-sense, bipartisan solutions saved West Virginia families hundreds of millions in tax dollars and upgraded the state’s bond rating during tough economic times. He introduced a direct deposit payroll system that reduced costs and saved money; created accountability measures and training programs to ensure bills were paid on time.

1. What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

Response: It is vital that we work with and support the emerging natural gas industry as this means new jobs and tax revenue for West Virginia. In doing so we do have to be mindful of any potential environmental impacts resulting from the tracking process. This means partnering with the industry to ensure safety standards are maintained rather than imposing burdensome (exceeded word limit)

2. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain.

Response: Yes, the right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and states should in no way be permitted to enact laws which restrict the rights of legally eligible voters.

3. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Response: The first thing we need to do is raise the minimum wage in this country. Doing so will help lift countless working West Virginian’s out of poverty and help them support their families. We also need to make every effort to support local businesses, helping them grow and create jobs here in our communities.

CANDIDATE: DAVID B. MCKINLEY

Party: Republican

County of Residence: Ohio

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATES FOR US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 2ND DISTRICT

CANDIDATE: NICK CASEY

Party: Democratic

County of Residence: Kanawha

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE: DAVY JONES

Party: Libertarian

County of Residence: Berkeley

Biography

My family hails from Oak Hill, WV. My Grand fathers were both coal miners. I have a Computer Science degree and have worked in the computer industry for over 20 years. I currently work as a network engineer and I am a National Guard veteran. I am running for office because I am concerned about the country my children will inherit.

1. What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

Response: We must restore property rights to the people. The EPA only fines it doesn’t compensate the victims of pollution. We must also remove the “corporate shield” from those who purposely or through negligence pollute. By removing this barrier then they can be held personally responsible and would be much more diligent in managing their company.

2. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain.

Response: The biggest problem our country faces in voting today is voter fraud. We must be more diligent to insure all elections are performed in a fair and balance way. We must insist on voter photo identification to ensure voting integrity; and reform of laws that infringe on independents and third-parties from full participation in the electoral process.

3. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Response: People want to work but the current system rewards people for not working. Our economy has been severely damage by too much government regulation and interference. The federal government can correct this problem through tax cuts, deregulation, and decentralization. Our bad economy and income disparity is directly linked to too much government.

CANDIDATE: ALEX X. MOONEY

Party: Republican

County of Residence: Jefferson

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE: ED RABEL

Party: Independent

County of Residence: Lincoln

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATES FOR US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STATES, 3RD DISTRICT

CANDIDATE: EVAN JENKINS

Party: Republican

County of Residence: Cabell

Biography

I’ve had the privilege of representing the citizens of Cabell and Wayne counties in the legislature. Working together, in a bipartisan manner, we’ve cut taxes, balanced the state budget, reduced the state’s unfunded liabilities, attracted jobs, supported education and fought for quality health care. My wife and I have three children and live in Huntington. www.evanjenkins.com

1. What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

Response: West Virginia is an energy producing state that powers America. Unfortunately, the Obama/Rahall Carbon Tax is a ‘War on Coal’ and causing thousands of West Virginians to lose their jobs. I’ll never turn my back on hard working West Virginians. Gas exploration is growing and I support an ‘all of the above’ energy that creates jobs and protects the environment.

2. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain.

Response: I firmly believe every law-abiding American citizen has a constitutionally protected and guaranteed right to vote that must not be infringed upon or limited. I have helped lead the effort at the state level to enact early voting laws to make voting more convenient. But we must also be proactive to rid our elections of voter fraud and corruption.

3. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Response: Over 46 million Americans live in poverty. While, investment in education and workforce training is critically important, we must stop Washington’s attack on our jobs and economic opportunity. The current administration’s war on our natural resource industry is devastating the livelihood of thousands of hardworking West Virginias. The war on poverty starts when Washington ends its attack on our jobs.

CANDIDATE: NICK JOE RAHALL, II

Party: Democratic

County of Residence: Raleigh

Biography

A native West Virginian, Rahall, the top Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Democrat, uses experience and expertise building successes like Pullman Square and the Merritt’s Creek Connector. Bringing millions of dollars to WV, Rahall’s creating jobs through transportation, tourism, technology, mine reclamation and water wastewater services. Rahall fights for veterans, seniors, education, workers, coal miners, black lung, mine health and safety.

1. What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

Response: Natural gas holds great promise for our economy as long as we strike that balance between development and protecting our lands and drinking water. I support Federal efforts that aid the State’s direct oversight of hydraulic fracturing – for example, I support ensuring public transparency and requiring disclosure of the chemical make-up of fracking fluids — just like West Virginia’s regulations.

2. Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain

Response: Access to voting box is a fundamental right of our Constitutional system that must not be infringed. I have urged the House Leadership to consider the Voting Rights Amendments Act, which would restore safeguards against discrimination that were nullified by the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

3. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

Response: A strong safety net and fairer minimum wage, when combined with economic development and infrastructure investments to build our State’s highways, and schools, and broadband, and water and sewer systems – these things, I am firmly convinced, can alleviate economic hardship, reduce income inequality, and create a brighter future for West Virginia.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE NOVEMBER 4 BALLOT.

AMENDMENT NO. 1: NONPROFIT YOUTH ORGANIZATION TAX EXEMPTION SUPPORT AMENDMENT

Summary of Purpose: To amend the State Constitution to exempt from property tax certain properties in this state owned by nonprofit youth organizations and built at cost of at least $100 million whether or not the property is used for the nonprofit youth organization’s charitable or nonprofit purpose to help raise funds for the benefit of the nonprofit youth organization. If approved, the Legislature would be required to enact laws that would protect local and regional businesses from unfair competition and unreasonable loss of revenue caused by the nonprofit organization use of the tax exemption.

This amendment is proposed specifically to allow the Boy Scouts of America to rent out facilities at its Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Fayette County for commercial events such as concerts and sports competitions without losing its exemption from property taxes. The facility is currently used for the Boy Scout Jamboree every four years and for other scouting events at other times. Under current law, renting the facilities for commercial events would make it a commercial business owing as much as $5 million in property taxes.

Proponents of the amendment see it as welcome economic development, pointing to the amount of money that events at the reserve would bring into the local economy and to the organization’s stated intention not to compete with local businesses.

Opponents are concerned about the precedent set by an amendment applying to only one entity and question whether it’s possible for the Legislature to craft laws that protect local businesses.

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Voters Guide Wood County WV Nov. 4 2014 General Election

Voters Guide November 4, 2014 Wood County WV

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CANDIDATES FOR WOOD COUNTY COMMISSION

CANDIDATE: WAYNE DUNN

Party: Democratic

Biography

I am a local businessman and dentist, having lived in the area most of my life. I am an army officer and helicopter pilot who served in Vietnam. My wife Kay and I have three wonderful daughters. I grew up on a Pettyville farm with 4-H, sports and hunting and fishing. My life has been one of service.

1. What is your opinion of the County Commission’s current meeting schedule?

Response: Achieving an efficient, effective and well run government is a major responsibility of a commissioner. Wood County had 2-3 times the meetings of other counties,often with light agendas. We even now have more meetings than any WV county. By reducing needless meetings, availability to public needs are met efficiently and we save time and money with county departments.

2. Are there any changes in state laws regarding county government that you feel would benefit Wood County?

Response: Three of laws are: 1-assault forensic law exam – protects women from sexual assault 2-punish school board law-was rescinded. It financially penalized school board if assessor appraised property at <54% of value. 3- change in TIF projects-assessor doesn't have to count individual personal property in base assessed value, thus saving much time and effort.

3. Do you think the county is adequately prepared to deal with an industrial accident or natural disaster? Why or why not?

Response: Wood County is reasonably prepared to deal with disasters. Local plants have plans and practice emergency preparedness. The Wood County Commission has a fulltime emergency planner in Ed Hupp and the 9-11 Center. Simulated emergencies occur annually. The broad-membered LEPC meets monthly. However, a major emergency is normally chaotic and will challenge our community, potentially beyond our immediate capabilities.

CANDIDATE: ROBERT “BOB” TEBAY

Party: Republican

Biography

I have a B.S. Degree from WVU in Business Administration, and have served as County Commissioner for 12 years. I am a veteran; (1st Lt. US Army) and an Eagle Scout. My experience includes having been a bank director of Wesbanco and Commercial Banking & Trust for several years. I am presently in the apartment rental business in Wood County.

1. What is your opinion of the County Commission’s current meeting schedule?

Response: I am not entirely familiar with the commissioners meeting schedule and I am sure most of the citizens of Wood County do not know what days they meet. I feel it is important that the Commission meetings are open and made available to anyone who wishes to see and meet with them.

2. Are there any changes in state laws regarding county government that you feel would benefit Wood County?

Response: I feel that the tax law on personal property should be repealed. The tax on personal property is regressive and certainly not conducive to new business and people moving into our state.

3. Do you think the county is adequately prepared to deal with an industrial accident or natural disaster? Why or why not?

Response: I believe the emergency respondents in Wood County are the best trained and equipped in WV. However, consideration should be given to special needs that might be required by the coming “Cracker Plant” and the increase of well drilling in our area.

CANDIDATES FOR WOOD COUNTY CLERK

CANDIDATE: BOB BUCHANAN

Party: Republican

Biography

For the past thirty years I have owned and operated an accounting/financial planning practice located here in West Virginia serving clients in West Virginia, Ohio and Florida, managing millions of dollars for individuals and businesses. This valuable experience has prepared me to provide leadership to the office of the Wood County Clerk, without a learning curve.

1. Fewer than 1 in 5 of Wood County’s registered voters voted in the May primary election. What should be done to encourage more voters to participate in elections?

Response: Several roadblocks to voter turnout currently exist, education and apathy being two major issues. First I propose that the clerk’s office provide voter education classes throughout the county. Additionally, I would like to launch initiatives with youth to prepare them for future voting responsibilities. Finally, organizing a volunteer poll transport service will assist with getting voters to the polls.

2. With the many functions delegated to the County Clerk’s office, what changes would you like to see to facilitate its operations?

Response: I recommend hiring two accounting professionals to prepare monthly financial statements for the elected officials and county departments, while also offering their services to non-profit organizations saving them money while making money for the county. I would also mandate to all staff continuing education in election laws, estate laws and counseling techniques to better serve citizens.

3. What is the one thing you most want voters to know and consider when voting?

Response: The office is vital to the smooth and proficient operation of the county government. Therefore, it is imperative that the clerk provide leadership with the ability to think outside the box and develop a cohesive team of dedicated public servants.

CANDIDATE: MARK RHODES

Party: Democratic

Biography

I began working for Wood County in November 1984 as a Correctional Officer, 2001 as Chief Tax Deputy and 2005 as a Deputy Clerk. I was appointed by the County Commission August 1, 2013 to replace retiring Clerk Jamie Six. I have worked in all aspects of the County Clerk’s Office, including Record Room, Recording Office, Probate, Elections and Finance.

1. Fewer than 1 in 5 of Wood County’s registered voters voted in the May primary election. What should be done to encourage more voters to participate in elections?

Response: We need to stress that every vote cast by a registered voter counts. Many people feel their vote does not make a difference. In 2004, the race for Sheriff was decided by seventeen votes. In 2008, a tie for House of Delegates was decided by a flip of the coin.

2. With the many functions delegated to the County Clerk’s office, what changes would you like to see to facilitate its operations?

Response: The Probate Office needs to be moved to a larger area to permit a third deputy clerk and to provide more privacy to the Personal Representative handling the estate. Current staff is cross trained and can be shifted to cover whichever office is the busiest to better serve the public.

3. What is the one thing you most want voters to know and consider when voting?

Response: I will continue to work to ensure the integrity of the election process and operations of the County Clerk’s office is held to the highest standard.

CANDIDATES FOR VIENNA CITY COUNCIL

NONPARTISAN ELECTION TO FILL ONE VACANT SEAT

CANDIDATE: TOM AZINGER

Biography

Born Wood County. Lived in Vienna 40 years. Eagle Scout. Graduate PHS and WVU. Four children and 17 grandchildren. Small business owner. WV House of Delegates until 12/31/14. Delegate Committees: Government Organization, Veterans, Banking, Insurance, Small Business and Seniors. This experience gives me insight on how to better interact with State Government.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: No. We need long range plans, 5-10 and 15 years. A study done some 15 years or so ago which called for larger tanks, more preparedness for growth, and the replacement of water and sewer lines. These lines in my neighborhood are shut down frequently. They are well beyond their intended life span, and need replaced.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: A survey in the Newsletter would help ascertain the citizens interest and concerns. Another would be quarterly town hall meetings. Each meeting could concentrate on a particular area of interest. Speakers with expertise in the subject matter could be invited. The more people the better. Apathy needs to be overcome.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: We want to make Vienna as inviting as possible for new business to come into our city. We need to have as few regulations as possible with competitive tax structures. Also we want to make living in Vienna a good place to be with the most efficient delivery of services-water, sewer, police, fire service and beautification.

CANDIDAATE: ROGER CONLEY

Biography

I am a life long resident of Wood County. Married to Katherine for 40 years.

We have three sons and five grandchildren .I own and operate Conley Fabrication LLC.

We are a manufacturer of transportation equipment and other specialty items. I have been

in upper management positions most of my carrier prior to starting our own business in 2010.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: I think the current infrastructure needs are adequate, however our landscape is changing.

The oil and gas industry is at our steps. The Cracker is becoming more of a reality with each passing day. These changes will require continuous improvements and updates. Any upgrades must be part of the annual budget process. Action through planning, not reaction by surprise.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: By making the residents feel like part of the overall process. Home Rule if enacted would be an example. Share a percentage of the additional revenues with the citizens to help offset the 1% sales tax , allowing the extra revenue to come from shoppers outside the city. The 1% is then a investment not just another tax.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: I believe government including our city must be run like a successful business. We are looking at potentially unprecedented growth in our area. The growth will have to be managed. Expenditures made must be made on best business practice by knowing and spending based on the return on our investment. I will bring a business persons perspective to city council.

CANDIDATE: LISHA M. CONNY

Biography

Lisha Conny is a Graduate of PHS, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from University of S.C., and her Master’s Degree from University of Charleston (2014) with over 20 years of marketing and management experience. She currently is an owner and Vice-President of TelConn, Inc., a telecommunications infrastructure company on Rosemar Road. Her great-grandfather (Bibbee) was a long time Vienna city councilman.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: I feel the infrastructure needs are adequately addressed, as the focuses to improve the water tanks, roads & bridges, flood plains, and commercial properties have been tirelessly progressed. Strategic plans to further envelope park improvements, wireless meters, updated maintenance garages, and city cleanliness & beautification should continue. Vienna is beautiful, welcoming and its safety for all families is prevalent.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: Resident involvement in civic life is elevated when residents are included in the strategic planning for the city and asked for their perspectives. Young families and seniors alike need to have safe, dynamic areas and events for our community in which to be involved. Continuing to provide engaging opportunities for Vienna residents to socialize, increases awareness of our community.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: As a member of City Council, I would like to help stimulate our local economy so that our residents will benefit from the economic growth. Additional businesses will generate a variety of jobs and will provide incremental income that can be spent in our community. I would also work to extend the social activities that build a stronger, safer community.

CANDIDATE: MIKE ELAM

Biography

I grew up as a Greenmont Grizzly, Jackson General, and Parkersburg Big Red, and now I am a Neale Eagle daddy. My wife and I have been married for 11 years and have two sons. I am the Administrator at Cedar Grove Assisted Living and have been in the healthcare field for 15 years. I graduated from Marshall University.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: Since our infrastructure is heavily used, there will always be the need to improve, repair, and replace. Areas that I think need to be addressed are the streets that are still flooding when it rains and the sidewalks that are in poor condition.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: The focus should be engaging our population and giving them a way to be informed and offer feedback. Email and texting are effective ways to communicate with large groups of people. Involvement in the life of our city, whether it’s a city council meeting or a family event, is about communication. Attendance is not necessarily an indicator of public interest.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: I’m a family guy and will focus on family events and topics. I can help bring organization, fairness, and structure to the Vienna Recreation program. In any situation, I’m a person of action. My pet-peeve is “this is how we’ve always done it”. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.

CANDIDATE: LARRY GODFREY

Biography

I am a native of WV. I have lived in Wood County for 52 years. I have been a resident of Vienna for 12. I retired from Dupont after 35 years. I served 12 years as an elected public official, 8 years on Parkersburg City Council, 4 years Wood County Board of Education. I served as President of both organizations.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: How do you adequately address a 15 million dollar question in 60 words or less! Vienna intercity infrastructure has now reached an age where it is in need of a concentrated effort to address major improvements. Streets, storm sewers and water lines all have a need for extensive repairs, replacement or in some cases totally new construction.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: Vienna is truly blessed. The residents of Vienna are involved in their city and community. They work hard to make their community a great place to live, work, and play. As for recreation, it's outstanding. We all have a commitment to our community to get involve and make a change. Join a civic group, committee, or run for public office.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: I would like to say the greatest honor a community can bestow upon an individual is to elect them to be their representative in local government. I would be honored to represent the citizens of Vienna. Representing your constituents is the only job you have. Streets, storm sewers, water lines and attracting new businesses are major concerns.

CANDIDATE: RENE IMLER

Biography

Rene Imler is a Vienna business owner of 7 years, a graduate of WVU Montgomery with a BS in Physics/Mathematics and a resident of Vienna for the past 9 years. She has traveled extensively and held management positions with companies such as the Department of Defense, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Dell Computer Corporation.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: Overall I believe the infrastructure needs of the city are adequately addressed. As a firm proponent of continuous improvement, I do believe there is always room for improvement. Storm water management, particularly on some major thoroughfares, needs to be addressed. Peak travel time congestion on Grand Central Avenue is an issue from both a safety and convenience perspective.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: Look to develop our unique community identity instead of trying to copy those ideas currently being tried by the communities around us.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: My goals as a council member are fairly straight forward: provide fiscal responsibility and service excellence in city delivered services, maintaining quality of life while continuing to develop and enhance the city as desirable place to live and work, support our local businesses and provide an environment that encourages new business development.

CANDIDATE: MIKE JACOBS

Biography

Currently retired from a local manufacturing plant. Army military enlisted man (finished active duty 1972). Catholic Christian in faith. Farm Bureau member. Support ideas to help gain benefits for American Vets

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: Vienna as a city is ingenuously strong; we have in our city the best fire and police dept.,I believe in the world .

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: We should keep an open mind to this issue and pray they show up.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: Make room for the work ethic in the community and provide oversight for efficient government.

CANDIDATE: MARGARET "PEGGY" MACE

Biography

Peggy has been a Vienna resident since 1952. She has served two terms on city council, from 1989 to 1993 and 1997 to 2001.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: Yes, the infrastructure needs are being adequately addressed. City workers are continuously improving our roadways, bridges and water supply.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: I believe the addition of a Boys & Girls Club would encourage civic involvement. It would engage younger citizens and encourage the community to take an active interest in the city's youth.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: During my time as a member of city council, I would like to set the plans for a Boys & Girls Club in motion.

CANDIDATE: JIM SIMS

Biography

27 year employee City of Parkersburg retired, electrician by trade, supervisor building and grounds/ floodwall. Supervisor sanitation/ recycling designed, oversaw construction of the facility they now use. In my career worked with water and sewer treatment, festivals, traffic signal repair, grant writing, equipment ordering, personnel, budget preparation. Currently serve on Vienna planning commission and committee to develop emergency plan.

1. Do you feel that the infrastructure needs of the city are being adequately addressed? Please explain.

Response: With the upgrades to the sewer treatment pumping station, the upgrading of water meters and repairs to water storage tanks along with bridge repair at pond run on 28th street we are in pretty good shape although there are always issues with old piping underground.

2. What do you think would encourage more residents to be involved in the civic life of the city?

Response: To get more people involved is to let them know that their efforts are appreciated. When folks take pride and ownership of anything they become more involved. Also if they feel their concerns are being addressed and they see progress they will get and stay involved.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a member of City Council?

Response: As a member of council I am excited to work with present mayor and other council members. First of all I am a team player, but I want to make sure that the concerns of all citizens senior and young alike are addressed the best and most cost effective for all. And to thank the citizens of Vienna for their vote.

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October 2014 Morgantown Newsletter

Morgantown-Mon Candidate Forums October 9 and 15, 7-9pm

 
Prior to Election Day, November 4, the League of Women Voters is hosting two candidate forums in October at the  Suncrest United Methodist Church.

The following candidates have been invited to the October 9th forum:

State Senate:

  • District 2 Jeffrey-Frank Jarrell (C) Larry Edgell (D) Kent Leonhardt (R) 
  • District 13 Harry V. Betram (AFP) Bob Beach (D) Kris Warner (R)
  • District 14 Stan Shaver (D) Dave Sypolt (R)

County Commission:

  • Bill Bartolo (D) Ed Hawkins (R)

The following candidates have been invited to the October 15th forum:

House of Delegates
District 51:

  • Democrats: Tony Barill, Barbara Fleischauer, Nancy Jamison, Charlene Marshall, John Williams
  • Republicans: Bill Flanigan, Cindy Frich, Brian Kurcaba, Amanda Pasdon, Joe Statler
  • Libertarian: Ed Olesh

District 49:

  • Mike Manypenny (D) Amy Summer (R)

The public is invited to both forums, which will be from 7 to 9 pm at the Suncrest United Methodist Church on Van Voorhis Road. Each candidate will have the opportunity to present her/his position on campaign issues, and to answer questions submitted by the audience. Refreshments will be served after the forum, continuing the public meeting with the candidates informally.

FOR INFORMATION:
 Catherine Lozier
 345 Virginia Avenue, Morgantown, 26505
 304-599-8233
 email: clozier@gmail.com

A Note on Candidate Debates

The League of Women Voters strictly refuses to participate in, endorse, or be involved in any way with candidate debates or any Voter Service activity that excludes third party candidates or creates any other impression of partisanship. The WV League therefore has refused to cosponsor debates and presentations in this election year, which exclude third party candidates.  For every election the State Board does produce an on-line Voters Guide for all candidates.  The League of Women Voters of West Virginia’s candidate questionnaire responses for the November 4 General Election for congressional and statewide offices will soon be posted on this website.

National Voters Registration Day – September 23, 2014

From left - Shirley Rosenbaum and Vicki Conner

The League participated in National Voters Registration Day at the Westover Farmers’ Market.  Five people updated their voter registration information!  Shirley Rosenbaum, Evelyn Ryan, Cindy O’Brien, Vicki Conner, and Jonathan Rosenbaum helped out at the table.

Membership Renewal

Please keep your LWV membership up to date. For membership renewal or a new membership, deadline for annual dues is the end of December. $44 individual membership; $66 for household membership. Checks should be made to LWV Morgantown-Mon County and mailed to:

Joseph Marshall
194 McCormick Road
Morgantown, WV 26508

Save Paper and Printing Costs!

We always send the electronic version of this newsletter to our email list as well as post it online. If you wish to opt-out from
receiving the paper version please contact Lyndell Millecchia with your request. Thank-you!

Reminder…..

The LWVUS League Update is a free online newsletter emailed each Thursday to members who sign up to receive it. The League Update is filled with interesting and helpful information. You may subscribe at http://www.lwv.org by completing the “Get Involved” box.

State Library Financing Consensus Meeting – September 17, 2014

 

From left: Lynn Castro, Evelyn Ryan, Dawn Jackson, Nancy Bird, Clay Pytlik and Kitty Lozier

From left - Evelny Ryan, Dawn Jackson, Nancy Bird, Clay Pytlik

We have been participating this year in the State Study on Public Funding of Libraries in West Virginia. The four local Leagues and MAL (Members at Large) have been studying the issue of library funding so that the WV League can come to a consensus position and lobby the Legislature as it develops legislation on library funding.  Twenty people, four of them guests, attended our Consensus Meeting.  Participants discussed unbiased factual research of the Local Library Financing Study committee presented by Clay Pytlik, Dawn Jackson, and Nancy Bird. Special guests Sharon Turner (Director of Morgantown Public Library) and Penny Pugh (WVU Libraries) acted as special resources to answer participant’s questions. Kitty Lozier acted as facilitator and Catherine Prody as recorder. Other participants included Shirley Rosenbaum, Fran Nelson, Lyndell Millecchia, and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Our three presenters, responsible for researching, deserve special recognition: first, Clay who brought years of experience and wisdom to the process, and Dawn and Nancy who are both new members.

After the meeting, the results recorded on the flip chart were sent for review and accuracy to the Local Library Financing Study committee.  Then they were sent for approval to the Local Board.  Currently, our results are with state study chairman Carolyn Watson. Her committee will develop a consensus position based on input from the four Local Leagues and MAL (Members at Large) who participated in the process. Assuming the committee can construct a consensus position, it will be sent to the state board on November 8 for approval. If the board approves, the League will be ready to take action on the question of library funding in West Virginia.

LWVMM Newsletter October 2014