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PRESS RELEASE, OCTOBER 22, 2014
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MORGANTOWN – MONONGALIA COUNTY

Early voting began on October 22, 2014. If you wish to become more familiar with your candidate choices, you can view videos of the candidate forums held by the League of Women Voters for State Senate candidates for Districts 2 and 13, and County Commission candidates at http://morgantown.lwvwv.org.  The forum will also be broadcast on Comcast channel 3, at 10 am on Saturday, October 25.

The West Virginia Voter’s Bill of Rights

Know Your Voting Rights

  1. Vote in a scheduled election if you meet the following criteria:
    1. You are a U.S. citizen and West Virginia resident;
    2. You will be 18 years old by the time of the general or special election;
    3. You are not currently serving a sentence, on probation or on parole for a felony conviction, bribery in an election or treason;
    4. You have not been determined to be mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction unless this determination is no longer in effect;
    5. You live within the precinct where the election is being held;
    6. You are registered to vote in the county at least 21 days before the election.
  2. Cast your ballot in a non-disruptive atmosphere free of interference.
  3. Vote if you are in line by 7:30 pm on Election Day.
  4. Request assistance in voting, if needed.
  5. Protect the secrecy of your ballot.
  6. Receive a new ballot if you make a mistake or change your mind before you cast your ballot.
  7. Have your ballot counted fairly and accurately.
  8. Request, receive and vote a provisional ballot if there is any question about your eligibility to vote and find out whether your vote was counted.
  9. Have complaints about elections and election contests resolved fairly, accurately, and efficiently.
  10. Have non-discriminatory, equal access to the voting process.
  11. Choose not to vote in an election. You will not be penalized.
  12. Skip races on your ballot. You are not required to vote in every contest. Blank sections on your ballot will not affect any of the other votes you have cast.
 If You Believe Your Voting Rights Have Been Violated, Please Contact:

West Virginia Secretary of State
1-304-558-6000 or 1-866-767-8683
Building 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd, E
Charleston, WV 25305

Provided by the Secretary of State’s Website.

 

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.

Friday – WV PBS will host US Senate Debate with all candidates

 
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.

Video – State Senate District 2 and 13 at 2014 General Election Candidate Forum

Video produced by West TV at the Oct. 9, 2014 Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Morgantown-Monongalia.

Video – Monongalia County Commission at 2014 General Election Candidate Forum

Video produced by West TV at the Oct. 9, 2014 Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Morgantown-Monongalia.

Huntington’s October 2014 bulletin

Election information is provided in the October Bulletin

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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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