Voters Guide Primary 2016 US House of Representatives

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Voters Guide US House of Representatives May 10, 2016 Primary 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 US House of Representatives Congressional District 1

 

Democratic Candidate for US House of Representatives Congressional District 1

Candidate: Mike Manypenny

County of Residence: Taylor

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

Education:  BS Agriculture and Forestry / Environmental Science

Political/civic experience: WV House of Delegates 2008-2015, Founding member Tygart Valley Chamber Commerce, Tygart Valley Child Advocacy Center, Project HOP2E Food Bank, Grafton Farmers Market. Board of Directors Northern WV Centers for Independent Living, an advocacy organization fighting for the rights of the aged and disabled communities.Tygart Lake State Park Foundation, Taylor County Family Resource Network, Taylor

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans? I support bridging the income gap for equal pay between men and women and would sponsor Legislation to do so. I also support increasing the Federal minimum wage to help bring low income earners out of poverty. I would also work to eliminate subsidies/Corporate welfare, and promote programs that help American companies succeed and stay in the US.

     

  2. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?  We need to preserve our Constitutional rights to privacy and stop  Congressional over-reach that steps on those rights in the name of National Security. However in the name of National security, I do support the right of the NSA and FBI to perform surveillance with a Court ordered search warrant like it has been throughout history, when evidence is adequate. 
  3. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?We need to require evidence-based prevention curriculum to be taught in our schools to intercept those students with a high risk of substance abuse. Bringing social-workers into the schools could also help in identifying  and stopping substance abuse along with issues like school bullying that tends to lead students who are abused into a life of substance abuse.

 

Republican Candidate for US House of Representatives Congressional District 1

Candidate: David B. McKinley

County of Residence:

Party: Republican

Candidate did not reply.

 

Candidates for US House of Representatives Congressional District 2

Democratic Candidates for US House of Representatives Congressional District 2

Candidate: Mark A. Hunt

County of Residence: Kanawha

Party: Democrat

 

Biography
During 14 years in the legislature, Mark Hunt advocated for working people, small businesses, the middle class and rebuilding infrastructure.  Mark played a pivotal role in passing legislation to keep neighborhoods safe, including Meagan’s Law, a required national registry for sex offenders.  Hunt also supported laws with enhanced penalties for crimes against the elderly, handicapped and children.

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?First, raise the minimum wage so all wage earners can support themselves without requiring a second job.  This also frees up that second job for another job seeking unemployed individual.  Second, alter the tax code so that those with more disposable income pay a proportionate share for infrastructure and domestic projects that all Americans enjoy daily.

     

  2. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?Ensuring constitutionally guaranteed privacy and due process while eaves dropping on potential domestic insurgents are concepts that appear to be at direct odds with one another, but they are not mutually exclusive.  Enhancing the security of private citizen information and toughening laws for those individuals who leak private personal information would be the best means to ensure privacy.

     

  3. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?Congress should implement a federal drug court and drug treatment program.  This pilot project in West Virginia funnels non-violent drug abusers through a drug  court system where they can obtain addiction treatments, rather than mere jail time.  This program has had great success with low acts recidivism.

 

Candidate: Thomas Payne

County of Residence: Berkeley

Party: Democrat

 

Biography
Born Keyser, WV: graduate Keyser High; PSC; USMA (West Point); and UD LAW: INF draftee, Army Officer, Inf., Airborne, Jumpmaster, Ranger, SF and JAG: AV (5/5) IP Counsel; Corporate Executive; two reports from Jack Welch; extensive Worldwide Business Experience; extensive corporate and government personal contacts; including USMA Classmate, Senator Jack Reed; experienced high level negotiator: WV heritage; Rev War.

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?A.   Rebuild our 25th in the world infrastructure by adding millions of jobs and accelerating rather than hindering economic growth.

  B.   Resurrect the depression era defeating concepts to convert the currently idle 47% of our workforce into self-esteem building gainfully employed citizens.

  C.   Eliminate the maximum income subject to SS tax; tax income and investment gains at the same rate, no ceiling. 

 

  1. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?Why must National Security interests prevail over individual rights interests? Simply because, if the national security forces of the United States are defeated, American citizens will no longer enjoy the individual rights that we normally enjoy! The survival of the American civilization is more important in the end than the survival of individual rights for each individual United States citizens.

     

  2. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?Enact legislation providing resources for:

  A.   Educating the public and healthcare providers about the problems of prescription drug abuse;

  B.   Dispensing, storing, and disposing of controlled substance medications;

  C.   Enhancing and increasing utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs;

  D.   Identifying “doctor shoppers” and the therapeutic duplication and drug-drug interactions; and

  E.    Shutting down “pill mills” and stop “doctor shoppers” who contribute to prescription drug

trafficking.

 

Candidate: Harvey D. Peyton

County of Residence: Putnam

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

Married to Jennifer Bailey Peyton.  Three adult children, five grandchildren.  Educated in Kanawha County public schools.  BA, WVU 1971.  JD, WVU 1974.  Nine hours, master’s degree, public administration.  Editorial Board, WVU Law Review.  Clerkship, Judge Robert Maxwell, Northern District, WV.  Private practice in Putnam County restricted to consumer oriented claims for individuals, workers, small businesses.  First time candidate.  Website:  peytonforcongress.org.

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?Apply principles of bottom up economic growth. Turn dialogue from selfish individualism to beneficial collective action.  Eliminate non-productive tax provisions such as carried interest and deduction of stock options.  Impose transactional tax to reduce speculation.  Support the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain.  Support gender equality and income.  Make post-secondary education affordable.

     

  2. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?Adopt legislation specifically stating those areas in which Americans have a reasonable expectation of privacy.  Establish procedures requiring the intervention of a neutral and detached judicial officer before the United States government is permitted to interfere into those areas where privacy is reasonably expected.   

     

  3. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?Stimulating the economy so people can enjoy the dignity of work would go a long way to stemming the epidemic.  To break the cycle, I support funding programs for treatment and rehabilitation and passing second chance legislation to allow people who are convicted of non-violent drug offenses to have real opportunities to work and rejoin society.

 

Candidate: Cory Simpson

County of Residence: Kanawha

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

Simpson is a native of Kanawha and spent the last 12 years on active duty as an Army JAG. His service includes years as a prosecutor and one combat tour each with the 82nd Airborne, and Special Forces. His most recent assignment was at the Pentagon serving as legal advisor to the National Commission on the Future of the Army.

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?In the short term, we need to raise the minimum wage so people who work a full week are not living below the poverty line. We then need to expand access to educational and technical opportunities so more people get the education and skill-sets needed to secure solid middle class jobs.

     

  2. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?From my time in the military, I understand our security challenges.  We must ensure our intelligence and security forces have the proper resources and authorities to keep us safe. However, this cannot come at the cost of personal liberties. We are a Constitutional democracy that prioritizes personal liberties and protects our citizens from the government.  This must never change. 

     

  3. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?Saint Augustine said “There is no saint without a past; no sinner without a future.” We save money and lives when we treat drug abusers, instead of locking them up. As a former federal prosecutor I believe we should allow those who struggle with addiction the opportunity for redemption and to clear their records when certain conditions are met.

 

Candidate: Robin Wilson

County of Residence : Roane

Party: Democrat

 

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 small businesses, grown lots of vegetables, and installed our solar power. I feel blessed living with our good neighbors and beautiful hills. www.renew-wv.org

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?First, a fair tax policy, where the richest 1% pay a more progressive share of estate, income, social security, and financial transaction tax. Secondly, create an economic revolution where people and planet are prioritized over profit. Strengthening unions, raising the minimum wage, providing universal health care and free education at public universities would reverse the growing wealth gap.

     

  2. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?Our Military policies have created terrorism. Eliminating our support for dictators, oil wars, islamophobia, torture, and occupation would remove recruiting tools for ISIS. We should follow the example of Norway which pledged a more open and tolerant society after they lost 76 people in a 2011 bombing. Our strongest weapon is a democratic open society.

     

  3. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?We need to return to a war on poverty not drugs. The war on drugs has failed us. Treatment, not jail time, is cost effective and humane. People abuse drugs to kill pain. Congress should increase funding for treatment, jobs, and job training to help end the hopelessness that leads to drug use. We should abolish mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

 

Republican Candidates for US House of Representatives District 2

Candidate: Alex X. Mooney

County of Residence:

Party: Republican

Candidate did not reply

 

Candidate: Marc Savitt

County of Residence: Jefferson

Party: Republican

 

Biography

Jefferson County resident. 30 year Martinsburg business owner. Chaired 2 national small business associations. Frequently called to testify before Congress on small business issues. Kean University ’77. Responsible for repealing a WV consumer sales tax. Extensive experience in Washington as a Main Street business owner, outspoken supporter of the free market, makes me uniquely qualified to represent WV.

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?Education is the key to correcting income disparity in America. Additionally, government regulations and our current tax system are forcing major corporations to outsource jobs to other countries. Correcting this will bring jobs back to America and provide better paying jobs for our citizens. Lastly, we must aid lower income citizens to wean themselves off government assisted programs.

     

  2. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?The greatest threat to national security is both legal and illegal immigration. Our vetting and visa process is a failure. Our government must use existing technology to better protect us. Individual rights can still be preserved by using the Constitution as a guide.

     

  3. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?Congress must realize the war on drugs was a failure. Incarcerating anyone other than traffickers and dealers is a waste of time and money. Drug courts and rehabilitation is the answer. Congress should re-direct funding for this effort.

 

Candidates for US House of Representatives Congressional District 3

Democratic Candidate for US House of Representatives Congressional District 3

Candidate: Matt Detch

County of Residence: Greenbrier

Party: Democrat

 

Biography
I am a native of Greenbrier County. I possess a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminology. My master’s thesis was on counter-terrorism in Afghanistan. I served four years with the US Secret Service under Presidents Bush and Obama. I currently live in Lewisburg, where I help run a small business. Please find out more at www.detch2016.com

 

  1. What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?I will fight to grow the middle class by attracting well-paying jobs to West Virginia. By developing infrastructure programs, we will make West Virginia more accessible to business and provide great jobs to West Virginians. We must ensure that all citizens and corporations are taxed fairly and that our middle and lower class workers are given opportunities to succeed.

     

  2. What should Congress do to preserve individual rights while also enhancing national security?
    Congress must ensure that our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have the tools to track and surveil potential terrorists threats while communicating efficiently with one another. Congress must also hold these agencies accountable by making sure they act within the parameters of our Constitution and not lose sight of our Bill of Rights when enacting counter-terrorism policies. 
  3. What steps could Congress take to address our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse?
    Congress can help fight the drug pandemic by enacting legislation with input from medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and recovery experts. We will have to take measures to curb prescription opioid abuse. We must equip law enforcement agencies to capture and convict drug dealers. And we will provide opportunities that prevent addiction and allow addicts to recovery with dignity

 

Republican Candidate for US House of Representatives District 3

Candidate: Evan Jenkins

County of Residence:

Party: Republican

Candidate did not reply.

 

 

 

 

Voters Guide Primary 2016 Governor

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Voters Guide WV Governor May 10, 2016 Primary Election

 

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Candidates for WV Governor

Democratic Candidates for WV Governor

Candidate: Booth Goodwin

County of Residence: Kanawha

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

Booth Goodwin was the U.S. Attorney for the past 5 years, and a federal prosecutor for 10 years before that. Booth grew up in Ripley and is married to Amy Goodwin, a Wheeling native. Booth and Amy have two sons, Joe and Sam. Booth has a degree in Economics from WVU and his law degree from Washington & Lee University

 

  1. What would you do as governor to address our state’s epidemic of drug abuse? We must continue to address the supply side of illicit drugs. Drug dealers who peddle their poison in our communities must be held accountable. I did that as U.S. Attorney. We must get help for individuals addicted to drugs. Drug abuse is a public health crisis. We need plentiful drug treatment available where and when people require it.

     

  2. Considering that many counties in West Virginia cannot fill teaching positions with qualified teachers, what would you do to attract qualified teachers to West Virginia?First, we must show teachers respect. Second, we must pay good salaries and fully fund benefits. Third, we must empower teachers and give them the freedom to make school a place where curiosity and creativity are valued.

     

  3. What measures would you favor that increase state revenue and/or cut specific programs to resolve the state’s continuing budget shortfalls?  

    We will rewrite the tax code to make it predictable and consistent with economic reality.  We must pay our bills.  I will comb through every line of the budget and reevaluate our spending priorities. Fixing PEIA is my first priority.  Consultants and studies are not my priorities.  I will cut spending where we can and raise revenue where we must.

 

Candidate: Jim Justice

County of Residence: Greenbrier

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

Jim Justice is the owner of The Greenbrier and runs 83 different companies. Jim has created jobs in coal, agriculture, medicine, and tourism. He coaches boys and girls basketball at Greenbrier East High School. Jim earned his undergraduate degree and a masters in business administration from Marshall. He and his wife Cathy, have two adult children, Jay and Jill.

 

  1. What would you do as governor to address our state’s epidemic of drug abuse? When people are hopeless and can’t work, they turn to drugs. Creating more opportunities for people to work is the first step to stopping the drug epidemic. I will crack down on drug dealers who come into our state  and poison our people. We need to provide more treatment options for the folks suffering from addiction.

     

  2. Considering that many counties in West Virginia cannot fill teaching positions with qualified teachers, what would you do to attract qualified teachers to West Virginia?I trust our teachers; and I will get the politicians out of their way. We cannot cut our way to better schools; we need to grow the pie by creating new jobs. I want West Virginia to be an education powerhouse so we can attract the best teachers. We must pay our teachers what they’re worth.

     

  3. What measures would you favor that increase state revenue and/or cut specific programs to resolve the state’s continuing budget shortfalls? The lack of jobs is the cause of our budget crisis. The politicians are failing because they have no clue how to market our state or create jobs. I’ve created thousands of jobs in the coal business, agriculture, medicine, and tourism. More jobs will solve the financial mess created by the politicians. We should not be raising taxes on people.  

 

Candidate: Jeff Kessler

County of Residence: Marshall

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

Website: jeffkesslerforgovernor.com

Born in 1955; graduate of Bishop Donahue High School (1974); West Liberty University (1977 BA

Economics/Political Science); WVU College of Law (1981 JD)

Attorney; former City Solicitor, Municipal Court Judge and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney; WV State

Senate 1997-2016; President of the Senate/Lt. Governor 2011-2014. Hometown: Glen Dale. Spouse:

Gretchen. Five children ages 2-26. Attends St. Jude Church.

 

  1. What would you do as governor to address our state’s epidemic of drug abuse? The substance abuse epidemic is an equal opportunity destroyer which touches ALL socio-economic and geographic areas. There is a lack of adequate drug treatment and recovery facilities for those who want and need treatment. I will dedicate $10-15 million of additional annual funding from sin taxes to ensure every person in every county has access to get clean and productive.
  2. Considering that many counties in West Virginia cannot fill teaching positions with qualified teachers, what would you do to attract qualified teachers to West Virginia?In order for WV to attract and retain qualified teachers, we must make a commitment to improve teacher pay to our regional average. It wastes resources to educate our teachers and then have them leave to surrounding states due to better compensation. We should also provide student loan forgiveness programs for underserved subject and geographic areas.
  3. What measures would you favor that increase state revenue and/or cut specific programs to resolve the state’s continuing budget shortfalls? I will support additional sin taxes on tobacco and alcohol together with closing corporate tax loopholes on products shipped out of state to raise revenue. You can’t cut your way to prosperity. It takes money to fund education, fix crumbling roads and improve broadband access. Our path forward requires an investment in our People and Infrastructure.

 

Republican Candidate for WV Governor

Candidate: Bill Cole

County of Residence:

Party: Republican

Candidate did not reply.

 

 

 

Voters Guide Primary 2016 Secretary of State

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Candidates for WV Secretary of State

Democratic Candidates for WV Secretary of State

Candidate of Residence: Natalie Tennant

County: Kanawha

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

I have been Secretary of State for eight years where we provide innovation to you to save businesses time and money; I cut costs, saved money and gave back more than four million dollars to taxpayers; I protected our elections and served our military.

I have a Bachelors and Master’s degree from WVU.

Please visit www.natalietennant.com

 

  1. What changes would you like to see in West Virginia’s election laws?I have a record of upholding the integrity of elections for voters. I recently championed legislation that makes it easier to keep voter rolls clean of those who have moved or died. We recently started successful our Online Voter Registration and will soon implement Automatic Voter Registration to make it easier for those who are eligible to vote.

     

  2. What changes need to be made in the way that campaign donor identities and campaign expenditures are made to the public?There is too much money used in political campaigns. To change that, Citizens United opinion must be overturned because it allows unlimited funds that are not easily identified. On the state level, I have updated the Campaign Financing Reporting System that makes it easier for citizens to view candidates’ reports of those who have contributed and what candidates spend.

 

 

Candidate: Patsy Trecost

County of Residence:

Party: Democrat

Candidate did not reply.

 

Republican Candidates for WV Secretary of State

Candidate: Barry Holstein

County of Residence: Kanawha

Party: Republican

 

Biography

Married with 2 children, I am a combat veteran, retired Army Reserve 1SG, experienced operations

manager, and son of a WV coal miner. As a native West Virginian, I graduated from WV Tech and the

University of Charleston. My values are exhibited in my service to God, family, and country.

www.rally.org/barryholstein

 

  1. What changes would you like to see in West Virginia’s election laws?The right of the citizens to elect their representatives in government is vital to a democracy and we must do what is necessary to protect the integrity of the election process. For that reason, I support voter id laws that provide a free photo identification card to West Virginia citizens who do not possess an approved form of identification.

     

  2. What changes need to be made in the way that campaign donor identities and campaign expenditures are made to the public?We must find a way to disconnect the donor from the candidate. By doing this we avoid the practice of gaining favors or access based on donations to campaigns. Blind trusts can be created to accept political donations whereby the candidate would not know who donated and therefore the transaction of favors for donations can not occur.

 

Candidate: Mac Warner

County of Residence: Monongalia

Party: Republican

 

Biography

I have extensive legal and military experience and spent my career serving my country abroad and teaching across the world. I spent five years with the US State Department in Afghanistan working to build a functional, legitimate government. From my experience I understand we need to build a government people can trust so prosperity can follow. http://www.warnerforwvsos.com/

 

  1. What changes would you like to see in West Virginia’s election laws?Promote healthy democracy through fair elections.  It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat.  I will work with County Clerks to clean up the voter rolls and improve our election process. Fair elections encourage voter participation, and participation promotes faith in government.

     

  2. What changes need to be made in the way that campaign donor identities and campaign expenditures are made to the public?With protecting our democracy comes protecting our first amendment rights. Transparent, free speech equals more voices, new voices, more information and more participation – all good things. Empowering candidates and political parties helps keep the process transparent. West Virginia has transparent campaign finance laws, now we need to follow them and create an equal playing field for all in our state.

 

Voters Guide Primary 2016 Auditor

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Candidates for State Auditor

Democratic Candidates for State Auditor

Candidate: Mary Ann Claytor

County of Residence: Kanawha

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

I’m a coal-miner’s daughter and life-long resident of WV.  I worked as a state auditor for the State Auditor’s Office for over 20 years until the sudden illness of my son.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Howard “Cookie” Claytor III, for over 30 years.  We

enjoy spending time with our three children and our four grandchildren.

 

  1. What changes would you make in the operation of the auditor’s office?My main focus initially is: Returning full transparency to government because the citizens deserve to have all the details, developing uniform hiring processes, improving the training of staff and local governments to include satellite training options, lowering audit costs without lowering services, and capping administrative salaries until such time that lower paid employees can receive competitive pay for their services.

     

  2. What experience, training or education do you have that makes you the best qualified candidate for this office?The only candidate for State Auditor with over 20 years of experience in the following areas: governmental accounting, training local governments and state auditors, working at the auditor’s office, performing compliance and financial audits, holding local governments fiscally accountable, and ensuring expenditures of local governments are in compliance with the laws and regulations of West Virginia. #therightskillsmatter Go to MaryAnnClaytor.com

 

Candidate: Jason Pizatella

County of Residence: Marion

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

A lifelong West Virginian and Fairmont native, I graduated from WVU and the WVU College of Law.  I practiced law at a firm before joining state government. My government service has included numerous leadership roles: Deputy State Tax Commissioner, separately as Acting Secretary of the Departments of Administration and Revenue, Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff and liaison to the Legislature.

 

  1. What changes would you make in the operation of the auditor’s office?This election provides an opportunity to offer fresh ideas on this Office.  One potential change will be the reorganization of its divisions. With almost every function automated, it is likely that all aren’t necessary. I will maximize the newest technology and will modify the leadership structure to be more efficient at performing our tasks, and at a lower cost

     

  2. What experience, training or education do you have that makes you the best qualified candidate for this office?
    The varying functions of the Auditor’s Office and its eight divisions require not only a skilled manager, but a proven leader and someone who understands the Legislature, the day to day operations of state government, and its interaction with, and services provided to, local governments.  I am the only candidate that possesses those qualifications and wide-ranging experience.

 

Candidate: Robin Righter

County of Residence: Harrison

Party: Democrat

 

Biography

I have a B.S. in Accounting and the designation of Certified Treasury Professional. I have previously worked as the Purchasing Card Program Administrator and Deputy Social Security Administrator for the WVSAO, was the COO for a Community Action Agency, and I currently own a restaurant, an apparel printing business, and am a licensed insurance agent. My website is righterforwv.com.

 

  1. What changes would you make in the operation of the auditor’s office?I would examine the procedures of the Chief Inspector’s Division and attempt to determine if there is a way to ensure audits are able to be completed in a more efficient manner. I would also seek to ensure the safety of all electronic payments. It is imperative that we protect the legitimacy of electronic commerce.

     

  2. What experience, training or education do you have that makes you the best qualified candidate for this office?I have a degree in accounting and obtained the designation of Certified Treasury Professional. I previously worked for the WVSAO where I gained an understanding of state government and the programs the Auditor oversees. I was the Chief Operations Officer where I supervised 150 employees. I also have private business experience. I believe these aspects qualify me for the position.

Republican Candidate for State Auditor

Candidate: John McCuskey

County of Residence:

Party: Republican

Candidate did not reply.

 

Voters Guide Primary 2016 Commissioner of Agriculture

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Candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture

Democratic Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

Candidate: Walt Helmick

County of Residence:

Party: Democrat

Candidate did not reply.

 

Republican Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

Candidate: Kent Leonhardt

County of Residence: Monongalia

Party: Republican

 

Biography

Following graduation from college in 1976, with a degree in Wildlife Management, including courses in agricultural sciences, spent 21 years in the USMC, retiring as a LtCol and earned a MS in Business Management. My wife and I restored an abandoned Monongalia County, WV farm. Elected to WV Senate in 2014, Chairing the Committee on Military and vice-chair of Agriculture.

 

  1. As commissioner, what recommendations would you make to reduce polluted runoff from agricultural operations? I will review water quality data to understand the locations of greatest concern, direct staff and ask partners to assist those farmers in the implementation of BMPs. I will encourage farmers to work with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, WV Conservation Agency, Conservation Districts, and Extension Service to take advantage of their expertise and financial assistance.

     

  2. What experience, training or education do you have that makes you the best qualified candidate for this office?WV Law requires the Commissioner to be active in agriculture; He must demonstrate leadership experience, and efficiently administer budgets and programs. I have 20 years of farming and small business experience aided by wildlife and business degrees. A retired Marine Officer demonstrating leadership and organizational skills: as State Senator I have an understanding of government. Farmer, Marine, Senator. kentforwv.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voters Guide Primary 2016 Treasurer

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Candidates for State Treasurer

Democratic Candidate for State Treasurer

Candidate: John D. Perdue

County of Residence:

Party: Democrat

Candidate did not reply.

 

Republican Candidates for State Treasurer

Candidate: Larry W. Faircloth

County of Residence:

Party: Republican

Candidate did not reply.

 

Candidate: Ann Urling

County of Residence: Kanawha

Party: Republican

 

Biography

After a successful 30 year career in banking I am honored to have been recruited to run for WV

State Treasurer. I am from Harrison County and a graduate of WVU. I am currently the Senior

Vice President of Summit Community Bank and an active board member of The Childhood

Language Center and The Rea of Hope and live in

 

  1. As treasurer, what steps would you suggest to improve the state’s financial situation?I would work with other members of the board of public works in a cooperative manner with a commitment in the Treasurers’ office on modernization,efficiency and transparency. Identifying areas where unnecessary expenses can be eliminated and revenues maximized while also streamlining operations. Greater transparency could be achieved through the use of an online portal similar to the State of Ohio.

     

  2. What experience, training or education do you have that makes you the best qualified candidate for this office?After almost 30 years of professional banking and management, I have a proven record of budgetary experience and a keen working knowledge in all areas of financial accounting and

    banking. The State Treasurer is the State’s Chief Financial Officer. It makes sense to have an

    experienced, energetic banking professional with team work and leadership mastery to serve in

    this role.

 

 

 

 

 

Voters Guide Primary 2016 Attorney General

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Candidates for State Attorney General

Democratic Candidate for State Attorney General

Candidate: Doug Reynolds

County of Residence:

Party: Democrat

Candidate did not reply.

 

Republican Candidate for State Attorney General

Candidate: Patrick Morrisey

County of Residence:

Party: Republican

Candidate did not reply.

 

 

Voters Guide Primary 2016 Justice of the Supreme Court

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Voters Guide Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals May 10, 2016 Primary Election

 

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Candidates for Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals

Candidate: Brent Benjamin

County of Residence:

Party: Non-partisan

Candidate did not reply.

 

Candidate: Wayne King

County of Residence: Clay

Party: Non-partisan

 

Biography

I AM 71 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO SANDRA FOR 43 YEARS. THREE CHILDREN: TERRI, CHARLES AND CHRIS. TERRI IS A CLOTHING DESIGNER IN L.A.CALIF. CHARLES WAS A MARINE DURING DESERT STORM AND CONTRACTED CANCER AND DIED. REV. CHRIS IS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST MINISTER IN GULFPORT, MS. TWO GRANDCHILDREN, TABITHA AND GIDEON. B.S. CIVIL ENGR. IN 1967

 

  1. Do you favor establishment of an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia? Why or why not?I do not favor the establishment of an Intermediate Court of Appeals in West Virginia and I believe that by using the Business Court, the current way of deciding appeals is being handled very quickly and efficiently. The intermediate court of appeals would add additional costs to litigants and possibly delay a final determination of the matter in controversy.

     

  2. Are there any reforms you feel are needed in the state’s magistrate court system? Please explain.The Magistrate Court jurisdiction could possibly be expanded to work with the Probation Office and possibly the Drug Court in monitoring first and second drunk driving and drug offenders and use first hand monitoring, counseling, community programs, education and rehabilitative services to end the problem of drunk driving and drug abuse. Also, limited right to appeal of default judgments.

 

Candidate: Darrell V. McGraw, Jr.

County of Residence: Kanawha

Party: Non-partisan

 

Biography

Educated: Wyoming County, Berea Academy, US Army Leadership School Honor Graduate, WVU. Involvement: Church, VFW, American Legion, Rotary, NRA.

Recognitions: Obtained USS West Virginia Mast, Appalachian Hero, Defense of Justice, Susan Anthony, Berea College Service, WVU’s Justicia Officium Awards.

Work: Legal; Justice on nationally Outstanding Appellate Court; Attorney General establishing nationally recognized Consumer Protection, recovering Billons “$2,000,000,000” for taxpayers.

www.darrellmcgraw.com

 

  1. Do you favor establishment of an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia? Why or why not?No. The appeal system is not over-whelmed. An Intermediate Court would create another barrier to the final disposition of cases. It would increase cost to taxpayers for an additional court system infrastructure, including judges’ salaries. It would increase cost to litigants before reaching Supreme Court in their pursuit of justice.

     

  2. Are there any reforms you feel are needed in the state’s magistrate court system? Please explain.From the inception of the magistrate system it was recognized that issues would arise from the experience of those involved. A process to review issues was an integral part of the magistrate system. Adherence to this approach provides a process for immediate reform of revealed problems. Such reform must always be in compliance with WV Constitution Article III.

 

Candidate: Beth Walker

County of Residence: Monongalia

Party: Non-partisan

 

Biography
I have 26 years of experience handling cases in West Virginia’s courts, first as a partner in the Bowles Rice law firm and currently as Associate General Counsel for the West Virginia United Health System, Inc.  I am a conservative committed to the rule of law and to decide cases fairly and impartially without regard to politics.

 

  1. Do you favor establishment of an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia? Why or why not?
    Consistent with the West Virginia Constitution, which empowers the West Virginia Legislature to create additional courts including an intermediate court of appeals, I defer to the Legislature to make that decision based upon policy and budgetary considerations.
     
  2. Are there any reforms you feel are needed in the state’s magistrate court system? Please explain.The most significant necessary reform to the state’s magistrate court system already occurred in 2015 with the passage of House Bill 2010, which made the election of magistrates nonpartisan and according to division.    

 

Candidate: William R. “Bill” Wooton

County of Residence: Raleigh

Party: Non-partisan

 

Biography

William R. “Bill” Wooton is a small-town lawyer with extensive experience as a practicing attorney.  Public service has been a major part of Bill’s life.  He is a retired National Guard Colonel, worked as a prosecuting attorney, served as Majority leader of the House of Delegates, and was the long-time Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Website:  www.WootonForJustice.com 

 

  1. Do you favor establishment of an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia? Why or why not?No.  In 2011 the Supreme Court adopted rules guaranteeing every litigant the right to appeal.  Since 2011 an average of 1,000 cases have been considered per year.  While the Supreme Court is busy, the workload is manageable. Given the State’s current fiscal situation, it is not prudent to saddle the taxpayers with an expensive additional level of the judiciary.  

     

  2. Are there any reforms you feel are needed in the state’s magistrate court system? Please explain.West Virginia is blessed to have a cost-effective minor judiciary system that adjudicates disputes expeditiously.  Without exception, West Virginians can obtain the prompt resolution of a controversy by a fair and impartial magistrate at minimal cost.  While every system devised by man can be improved, I am unaware of any “reforms” needed to the magistrate court system at this time. 

 

 

Voters Guide US Congress Nov. 4, 2014 General Election

Voters’ Guide November 4, 2014 West Virginia General Election

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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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May 13, 2014 Primary Election US Senate

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Voters’ Guide May 13, 2014 West Virginia Primary Election

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Republican Candidates for United States Senate

CANDIDATE Larry Eugene Butcher

County of residence Wood

Party Republican

Biography

Single, male, 62, father, one son, USAF veteran…….$.50 hr. 66-68; $1.00/hr. 69-71

skilled craftsman till 2000, after helper to my parents they passed away..

I am free to fight the good fight. Honest hard working fools make all the rest of this world possible. Only honest hard work can save us.

Question 1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

Response: Mother nature gave us water, minerals and many compounds. Mankind learned chemistry and now we have many new compounds. Money in politics pays nothing for true science or simple truth. Father time will bring reason to the many, no matter the wishes of the few. We vote now for only one US Senator, let not the money choose for us.

Question 2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?

Response: Tax capital wealth! Trickle down never happened. Money managers formerly took 10% now taking 40% of profits. Wages are buying less, traders are taking more. Corporate raiders are greed incarnate. Job bosses follow, with stock prices up. We, the working class, put all our wages back in the economy. Reduce taxes on incomes below 10X poverty level, raise taxes above 10X.

Question 3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?

Response: Selective service registration should be automatic voter registration. Congress should declare Citizens United as unconstitutional. Corporations never feel the pain of parenthood when a child is lost in an unlawful war. To think that war profits could then be used to control politics is unamerican double down.

CANDIDATE Shelley Moore Capito

County of residence Kanawha

Party Republican

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE Matthew Dodrill

County of residence Wood

Party Republican

Biography

Matthew has resided in Parkersburg, WV for his entire life. He graduated from PHS in 1997 and from WVUP in 2002 with studies in business. He joined his family’s real estate business in 2003. Given Matthew’s knowledge of the business world, he would be an excellent candidate for bringing a thriving job market to WV.

Question 1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

Response: Ultimately, putting the power of regulations back into the hands of the state. The people living and working in WV know best how to regulate the industries. This should be a matter the state and local governments handle, not the federal. The federal can guide states, but the real power of decision should lie with the people.

Question 2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?

Response: Better structured programs that do not enable people to continue to live in poverty but rather are the hand up to a brighter future. Eased restrictions on businesses, allowing them to hire more people for longer hours. Push hands on education for careers that are capable of supporting families.

Question 3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?

Response: Congress should unite and impeach the justices that do not uphold the constitution. The power to write laws was never meant to be in the hands of Supreme Court; that is the job of Congress. This misuse of the checks and balances system our government is meant to have puts us on a path to tyranny.

Democratic Candidates for Unites States Senate CANDIDATE Dennis Melton

County of residence Lewis

Party Democratic

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE Natalie Tennant

County of residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

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.

Question 1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

Response: West Virginia deserves better. We have a responsibility to make sure this never happens again. I support the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, which sets standards, requires inspections and makes sure companies pay for cleanup. I fought for medical testing and loans for small businesses that had to shut down. I will keep fighting for answers and accountability.

Question 2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?

Response: Anyone who works hard for 40 hours a week should be able to feed their family and pay the mortgage. It’s time to raise the minimum wage. West Virginia has what it takes to lead the country in high-paying manufacturing, technology and energy jobs. Let’s end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas and invest in West Virginia jobs.

Question 3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?

Response: The freedom of the people to elect their representatives is a cornerstone of Democracy. I support updating the Voting Rights Act to protect the rights of all eligible citizens to cast a ballot.

There is too much secret, special interest money influencing our elections. I support limits on out-of-state special interest money.

CANDIDATE David B. Wamsley

County of residence Wood

Party Democratic

Biography

Born to poverty, I received a full scholarship to Wesleyan, taught school, and received a graduate assistantship in School Psychology at Miami University, Ohio. I’ve been a self-employed School Psychologist for 33 years; conducted 19,000+ psycheducational evaluations and driven 2 million WV miles. I have invested in real estate, roofed houses, and I am a licensed Master plumber. Website: www.wamsleyforsenate.com.

Question 1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

Response: All chemical and industrial sites should have an automatic emergency action plan, scheduled inspections based on specific industry standards, and a self-funded bond/insurance for coverage of liability. I also propose automated continuous water testing sensors integrated to a central databank and strict criminal penalties for violations.

Question 2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?

Response: Vocational Education for 40 percent of 8th grade and above students would provide marketable job skills. Free healthcare would resolve a number of physical and mental health issues, providing a more eager and able workforce. Let’s stop wasting money in foreign countries. We need to incentivize companies to bring jobs back to America.

Question 3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?

Response: The U.S. Congress must pass legislation to address the unbalanced impact of Citizens United and Speechnow Supreme Court decisions. In addition, no American should be at risk of losing the right to vote because they reside in a state using voter ID laws to interfere with select groups of citizens.

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