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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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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Republican Candidates for US House of Representatives, Second District

CANDIDATE Robert Lawrence Fluharty

County of residence Jefferson

Party Republican

Biography

Robert Fluharty is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and WV Air National Guard. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Marshall University and a Graduate Certificate from American Military University. Lifetime resident of WV, he worked 12-years in the medical field and currently works as a licensed WV investigator corroborating the integrity of government employees.

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

Response: Because water is the resource of life, potable water must be protected. The federal government’s responsibility is to advise and support the states in their duty to safeguard all resources. The regulations should come from the individual states, according to the constitution. I would support federal legislation to require visibility/publication of all chemicals used or introduced into the environment.

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

Response: Quick fixes to poverty like increasing minimum wage limits are overcome by inflation and create a cyclical effect where the poor will never get ahead. The real fix is through reversing inflation by limiting the currency dump by the Federal Reserve to a point of stagflation. Audit the Federal Reserve and protect the value of the dollar.

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: Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.” If elected I would support a new coverage formula that advances America further towards the point where the VRA in not needed.

CANDIDATE Steve Harrison

County of residence Kanawha

Party Republican

Biography

Steve is a native West Virginian and a graduate of Sissonville High School and Brown University, where he was a District 1 Academic All-American in football. He served in the West Virginia House and Senate for a total of 14 years. Steve has been married to Kristen for 21 years and they have twins, Benjamin and Maggie. www.ElectSteveHarrison.com

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

Response: Different levels of government should help ensure certain protections. While the federal government over regulates in many areas, there should be oversight to ensure the safety of our water supply and other essential needs. The state is taking steps to help prevent negligent chemical spills and the federal government should ensure our water is safe from intentional attacks.

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

Response: The best way out of poverty is a good job. I have a proven record of working for a better economy and was named one of the “Best for Jobs” when I was in the legislature. In Congress, I would work for policies that help the private sector create 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: Many have fought to protect the freedoms we have in our great nation, including the right to elect our leaders. We must not allow vote fraud to devalue the votes of American citizens. We should help ensure clean elections by requiring each of us to show identification when we vote.

CANDIDATE Charlotte Lane

County of residence Kanawha

Party Republican

Biography

Native West Virginian and proven Republican leader. Graduate of Marshal University & WVU School of Law. First female President of the West Virginia Bar Association. Former House of Delegates member, former Chairman of the WV Public Service Commission, and most recently served as International Trade Commissioner under President George W. Bush.

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

Response: I do not believe that changes in federal law would have prevented the chemical spill that took place in the Elk River, nor am I aware of any proposed changes in federal law that I could support. The state legislature just passed a new law that should prevent something like this from happening in the future.

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

Response: Under President Obama, the massive expansion of the government over the last six years has dramatically widened the income gap between the rich and the poor. There is a direct correlation between the expansion of government and the retraction of economic prosperity. I believe we need to encourage job creators, not discourage them with overregulation and over taxation.

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: State governments, normally the Secretary of State, have jurisdiction over the election process and have been tasked with maintaining the Constitutional right of citizens to vote. As with other processes of functional government, the judicial branch of government will intervene if rights are violated.

CANDIDATE Alex X. Mooney

County Jefferson

Party Republican

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE Jim Moss

County of residence Putnam

Party Republican

Biography

Cost Management specialist with Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo, WV. Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and MBA from the University of South Carolina. Native of Dunbar and graduate of Dunbar High School. Born again Christian. Running for Congress in obedience to the Lord’s calling upon my life. Please visit: http://jimmossforcongress.weebly.com

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

Response: I don’t believe that the federal government should have any role in protecting our water resources from chemical spills. First, WV lawmakers and WV DEP should assure state laws are in place to protect our water resources. Second, WVAW management should know what is going on above its sole water intake. Local responsibility was and is still needed!

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

Response: None. States and communities should have responsibility for poverty! Relying on Federal government to take care of us allows us to make poor decisions as a state. If West Virginia politicians were held accountable for our poor then they would be forced to encourage job growth and work harder to ensure our young people complete their high school education. (fact: (Exceeded word limit)

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: Repeal the 17th amendment, restore state legislators power in D.C. Today those who make, interpret, and enforce the law are not guided by the United States Constitution—the supreme law of the land—as it was originally written. Politicians in Washington today are only beholden to special interests groups not “states or voters”. Respect for our Constitution must be restored.

CANDIDATE Ken Reed

County of residence Morgan

Party Republican

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE Ron Walters Jr.

County of residence Kanawha

Party Republican

Candidate did not reply

Democratic Candidates for US House of Representatives, Second District CANDIDATE Nick Casey

County of residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

Biography

I’ve been a lawyer and an accountant for 37 years. My wife, Mary, and I were born and have lived worked in West Virginia all of our lives. We are blessed that our two children are living and working in WV. I’m active with my church’s charities and enjoy spending part of my summers working on homes in Clay County. nickcaseyforwv.com

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

Response: I support a regular inspection process for chemical storage tanks. Our water utilities need to have better emergency planning. Our water infrastructure, and filters, needs repaired and upgraded. We have too many water main breaks, leaks, and service disruptions. We should have a secondary in-take and backup supplies. All basic things an advanced nation like America should have.

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

Response: We need more people to enter the workforce and get off government assistance. Raising the minimum wage, job training, and drug rehabilitation will help. Sound budgeting, a top-to-bottom review of the tax code, and a greater investment into our crumbling infrastructure will create jobs. I’m an accountant and know how to set financial priorities and fund them.

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: Citizens United must be overturned. The Supreme Court should have never allowed unlimited secret campaign donations to fund ads. Voters deserve to know the source of campaign ads to enable them to make an informed decision on their truthfulness. Our laws must make voting accessible to all voters. Efforts to restrict early voting, for example, are reprehensible.

CANDIDATE Meshea Poore

County of residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

Biography

I am a member of the WV Legislature with five years of service. I was born in Charleston and graduated from Capitol High School. As a first generation college graduate, I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

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

Response: As a member of the WV Legislature, I championed amendments to the chemical spill bill to help prevent the next crisis from happening. The protection of America’s water supply can’t remain a back-burner issue in Congress. We have to change the way we register and monitor above-ground chemical tanks near water resources to ensure that we are protecting all Americans.

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

Response: Poverty affects us all. When we continue to allow Americans to live in poverty we keep our country from being as strong as it can be both nationally and internationally. The first step that can be taken by the federal government is to increase the minimum wage.

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 take steps to make voting more efficient and less burdensome for every valid legal age citizen. The right to vote is the great equalizer. Every American voice matters regardless of their education, gender, race or social economic background. Congress’ actions should never disenfranchise a registered voter.

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Republican Candidate for US House of Representatives, Third District CANDIDATE Evan Jenkins

County of residence Cabell

Party Republican

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

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

Response: President Obama and FEMA rejected our disaster declaration request, turning their back on 300,000 West Virginians. That’s unacceptable. Federal health and safety officials are also unable to provide needed reassurance that our water is safe. Federal laws and response must be changed. I sponsored the new law to regulate storage tanks and protect our water to ensure this never happens again.

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

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.

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: 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 help 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.

Democratic Candidates for US House of Representatives, Third District

CANDIDATE Richard Ojeda II

County of residence Logan

Party Democratic

Biography

Retired (US Army), BA in General Education from West Virginia State University, MA in Business and Organizational Security from Webster University. Graduate of the Basic and Advanced Officers courses as well as the US Army Command General Staff Course. Four Deployments to the Middle East in Support of the Global War on Terrorism. Two Bronze Star Medals, pending a Purple Heart. www.richardojeda.com

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

Response: I believe that any operation that deals with chemicals should require mandatory inspections that also ensure secondary containment is present. Regardless of the fact that they may or may not be close to a water source, chemicals spilled anywhere will eventually seep into the water table which can cause significant impacts to the environment and the people that reside in the areas.

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

Response: Federal government should provide support to programs that are using evidence based guidelines to provide positive results in reducing poverty. Housing, employment, education, and healthcare must be continually monitored for success in reducing the effects of poverty and improving the lives of those impoverished. Leaders should also be responsible for coordinating new and improved opportunities throughout the region.

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: Supreme Court decisions have recently affected families throughout the US by providing rulings on issues like DOMA and the Affordable Health Care Act. The role of Congress should include providing a common voice of those represented to create fair and equal balanced laws that do not require Supreme Court intervention, but fair and equal representation of the people served.

CANDIDATE Nick Joe Rahall, II

County of residence Raleigh

Party Democratic

Biography

A native West Virginian, Rahall, the top Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

democrat, uses seniority 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.

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

Response: Our knowledge of chemicals, securing them and the response to spills must be

strengthened on all levels of government. Just as important, we must not retreat in

extending and maintaining safer, modern water and sewage systems. As the top

Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have and will continue

to serve our water needs with federal dollars.

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

Response: I oppose cutting, privatizing and vouchering Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Government must honor its contract with the American people. I have consistently voted

to ensure children’s nutrition and healthcare are heavily invested in for the long range.

It is a wise investment for the taxpayer’s dollar with tremendous returns for our country’s

future security and economy.

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: We must strengthen the Voting Rights Act and restore the safeguards against

discrimination that were nullified by recent court decisions. In addition, I am opposed to

the Citizens United decision. The voting public has a right to know who is behind the

campaign ads that are funded by out of state billionaires.

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Last day to register to vote is April 22

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Voters Guide 2012 General Election

League of Women Voters of West Virginia

Voters’ Guide 2012 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 50 words. All candidates for US Congress and statewide offices were given the same opportunity to respond.

U.S. Senate Candidate John R. Raese

County of Residence Monongalia

Party Republican

Candidate did not reply

U. S. Senate Candidate Joe Manchin

County of Residence Marion

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. As U.S. Senator, Joe stands up for West Virginia and commonsense. He focuses on creating jobs, getting our finances in order, keeping our promises to seniors and veterans and energy independence. Joe is from Farmington and is an outdoorsman and businessman. He and Gayle have three children and seven grandchildren.

1. Other than the elimination of fraud and waste, what steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

We need a big fix to get our financial house in order, so I favor the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson budget framework. I was proud that the architects of this plan came to a fiscal summit in West Virginia so people could hear the facts and ask questions about the solution.

2. What plans or proposals do you support to create more jobs?

It’s time to end the war in Afghanistan, quit spending overseas so we can rebuild America. We also need to get government to work as an ally, not an adversary and end unnecessary regulations. And when we fix our finances, we’ll restore business confidence in our economy.

U. S. Senate Candidate Bob Henry Baber

County of Residence Gilmer

Party Mountain

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. PhD in Appalachian Studies. Widely Published Author. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. 2007 National Hero Recipient of the National Wilderness Society (for promoting the growth of the Cranberry Wilderness). Creator the Yeager Airport Adoption (10,000 trees planted) Project Director, The West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project, Glenville State College Mayor, Richwood WV

1. Other than the elimination of fraud and waste, what steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

Increase the severance tax on coal to 7%, thereby raising 200 million to reclaim destroyed land and retain coalfield employment. Raise Fracking taxes and hire inspectors Upper Big Branch, MTR and Fracking prove extraction industries are under-regulated. Use fossil fuels to be the green energy producer for enhanced: jobs, tourism, internet-access, improved schools and roads, etc.

2. What plans or proposals do you support to create more jobs?

Cut hidden subsidies to fossil-fuel based industries and raise additional resources from our rich state to promote: growth in diverse jobs, value-added timber products, social programs, education, tourism, veterans programs, etc.

U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District Candidate David McKinley

County of Residence Ohio

Party Republican

Candidate did not reply

U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District Candidate Sue Thorn

County of Residence Ohio

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. I graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in organizational leadership development. After working in economic development, I became the director of a congregation-centered organizing project, tasked with bringing together diverse congregations on social justice issues. I also organized throughout WV’s 1st District on national issues for the Democratic National Committee. www.Thorn2012.com

1. Other than the elimination of fraud and waste, what steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

We must eliminate tax breaks for companies shipping jobs overseas and return tax rates for America’s wealthiest 2% to Clinton administration levels, when 23 million jobs were created. Defense Department no-bid contracts have nearly tripled since 2002 and the influence of corporate profits should not allow for war profiteering.

2. What plans or proposals do you support to create more jobs?

We must begin rebuilding our infrastructure. These are jobs that cannot be outsourced and will also address critical problems facing cities, counties, and states: deteriorating roads, bridges, public facilities, and water and sewer lines. Through requiring a percentage of American-made products be used, we will also revitalize our manufacturing base.

U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District Candidate Shelly Moore Capito

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Republican

Candidate did not reply

U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District Candidate Howard Swint

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Commercial Property Broker representing Laidley Tower, Charleston; Owner of a property management business; former Planner II in the West Virginia Development Office; opinion columnist (pro bono); hold Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master in Geography – Regional Planning and Development, Master in Public Administration all from West Virginia University.

1. Other than the elimination of fraud and waste, what steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

I support the Simpson Bowles Commission’s Recommendation 2.2 that would dramatically close corporate tax loopholes as well as sweeping tax reform measures that would simplify the entire personal income tax code, concentrating on the elimination of wasteful deductions and exemptions that benefit the wealthy so they’ll pay their fair share.

2. What plans or proposals do you support to create more jobs?

Returning veterans experience disproportionately higher unemployment rates and deserve expanded workforce development and on-the-job training opportunities; the re-designation of Corridor H to Interstate 66 to hasten its completion; a Bring the Jobs Home Act that returns outsourced manufacturing jobs; and an accelerated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education reform curriculum.

U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd  Congressional District  Candidate  Rick Snuffer

 County of Residence  Raleigh

 Party  Republican

 Candidate did not respond

 U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District  Candidate  Nick J. Rahall II

 County of Residence  Raleigh

 Party  Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:  Member of Congress representing the Third District.  Serves as Senior Democrat, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  A 33rd degree Mason, Rahall is a life member of the NRA, Elks, Moose, and an honorary member of the UMWA.  Rahall has three children, a granddaughter, and is married to Melinda Ross Rahall.

1. Other than the elimination of fraud and waste, what steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

We must grow the economy in order to balance the budget, and that requires investments in our physical and human infrastructure.  We must find ways to make investments in education, research and development, safer roads, bridges and water systems, and in programs that train our workforce for cutting-edge jobs.

2. What plans or proposals do you support to create more jobs?

Delivering federal dollars to West Virginia to build and maintain roads, highways and bridges and to improve other public works infrastructure from water supply to flood control, fighting to protect coal miner jobs, and combing federal investments with local institution to forge economic alliances to sustain and generate new jobs.

Governor Candidate Bill Maloney

County of Residence Monongalia

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. BSIE from Lehigh University. 1984: I co-founded North American Drillers, grew it from a two-person business to become the world leader in large-diameter shaft drilling for mining and other industries. Participation in 2010 Chilean mine rescue changed my life. My wife, Sharon, and I have two daughters and one grandchild.

1. What would you do to help West Virginia build an economy less reliant on extraction industries?

We need to get government out of the way to help create jobs. The state should not be picking economic winners and losers. We need leadership that will focus on comprehensive tax and legal reform. There should be an equal focus on helping in-state businesses grow and attracting new businesses.

2. In order to meet West Virginia’s balanced budget requirement, what specific programs would you cut or eliminate?

Immediately as Governor, I will instruct my cabinet secretaries to undertake a complete budget review to find areas where programs are duplicating efforts or wasting taxpayer’s dollars. To save money, we can start by not giving contracts to the highest bidder or hiring family members of the politically well-connected.

Governor Candidate Earl Ray Tomblin

County of Residence Logan

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Earl Ray Tomblin is a lifelong West Virginian with degrees from WVU and Marshall. During his career he has been known as a consensus-maker who brought business and labor, Republicans and Democrats, together. Earl Ray Tomblin has been married to Joanne Tomblin for 32 years. They have one son, Brent.

1. What would you do to help West Virginia build an economy less reliant on extraction industries?

While our state is diversifying its economy with investments like Toyota, Macy’s, and Gestamp, I believe our coal and natural gas industries will continue to play a significant role well into the future. We must invest in clean coal technology, and the economic impacts of shale drilling will be significant.

2. In order to meet West Virginia’s balanced budget requirement, what specific programs would you cut or eliminate?

I am proud to have not only balanced budgets but to have generated significant surpluses the past two years. I have asked agencies to reduce spending for the coming year and empowered them to decide where those reductions should occur, although I excluded our education system from those cuts.

Governor Candidate Jesse Johnson

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Mountain

Candidate did not respond

Governor Candidate David Moran

County of Residence Preston

Party Libertarian

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Doctorate (Ph.D.) engineer, hydrodynamics; Professor US Naval Academy; Adjunct Professor WVU and GWU; President, National Technology Transfer Center; Director, Advanced Technology, Office Naval Research, Director David Taylor Institute; BoD, Tucker Community Foundation, Community Trust Foundation, Garrett College Foundation, Scientific research Society, Mountain Lions Club; St Matthews Church; Volunteer, Read-Aloud, Adopt-a-Road

1. What would you do to help West Virginia build an economy less reliant on extraction industries?

Eliminate industrial property tax to encourage new industry. Encourage development of existing and new alternative energy production through WV economic and tax advantages. Protect private property and individual ownership of energy rights. Use WV energy to build WV industry (first) and as export (second) through tax advantages for In-State use.

2. In order to meet West Virginia’s balanced budget requirement, what specific programs would you cut or eliminate?

Eliminate WV Personal-Property Tax, all food taxes. Provide Voucher System for student/parent choice of education. Reject all federal programs that require future WV cost burden. Eliminate all federal mandated bureaucracy for unnecessary program management. Develop In-State community-clinic health care tailored to WV. Move non-violent and self-abuse prisoners to work/education programs.

Secretary of State Candidate Brian Savilla

County of Residence Mason

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. I am currently in the House of Delegates for the 14th District and a social studies teacher in Putnam County. I graduated from Poca High School and West Virginia State University.

1. Would you support a law requiring West Virginia voters to show a photo ID at the polls? Please explain.

Yes. Citizens must show their ID’s to do nearly everything, except vote. It does not disenfranchise nor discriminate anymore than cashing a check or flying a plane. It simply adds further security to our elections. Next year you will even need ID to receive Social Security due to the Feds.

2. What are your ideas on how to encourage more people to vote?

To encourage people to vote we need to ensure their vote equally counts the same as everyone else’s, and that it is not watered down due to voter fraud. Photo ID, increased penalties on voter fraud, and working with the clerks and prosecutors will increase voter confidence in the system.

Secretary of State Candidate Natalie Tennant

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

Candidate did not reply

Auditor Candidate Larry V. Faircloth

County of Residence Berkeley

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Attended Berkeley County public schools, Shepherd College (Business Administration), WV Real Estate License, Broker’s License, Small Business Owner, WV House of Delegates, Committees: Judiciary; Finance; Special Investigations; Rules; Banking and Insurance, Married, Five children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. larryvfairclothforwestvirginia.com

What is your assessment of the state’s current financial situation?

In a State with less than 2 million people, we have more debt than we should. Unfunded liabilities, such as retirement programs, encumber our State agencies. Spending is out of control. There are too many state automobiles running around our counties with too many state credit cards in circulation. 800,000 credit card transactions per month is more than the taxpayers can bear. If elected Auditor, I will audit all of the transactions to see that they are within the scope of spending requirements, and will fully disclose the results of those audits to the public and the press.

Auditor Candidate Glen B. Gainer III

County of Residence Wood

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Since 1993, Gainer has been committed to increasing government efficiency for residents from the eastern panhandle to the southern coalfields. He is the state’s official bookkeeper, Chief Inspector and Securities/Delinquent Land Commissioner. His leadership has made WV a national leader in government transparency. Graduated from U.C. – Bachelor of Arts.

What is your assessment of the state’s current financial situation?

The State’s financial condition is strong. That being said, we still have challenges. The largest challenge is to protect the State’s coal mining industry and its long term viability. In addition, the development of the State’s vast natural gas reserves in both the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations ensure a bright future for West Virginia as a leader in meeting the energy needs of America. The State has undertaken numerous efforts to bring about efficiency and greater accountability in the State’s finances which have lead to a continued increase in the State’s bond rating which now stands at AA+.

Treasurer Candidate Mike Hall

County of Residence Putnam

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Mike grew-up in Huntington, the son of Bill and Betty Hall. Mike was born in 1948 in Huntington. Mike graduated from Huntington East High School 1966, Marshall University 1970, and Methodist School of Theology in 1976. Mike married Vicki Steele of Point Pleasant WV in 1970. www.hallwv.com for additional information.

What is the most important responsibility of the state treasurer’s office?

The Treasurer of the State is the “Chief Financial Officer” of the State. The main function of the office is to be the eyes and ears of the public on the financial life of the State. The pension funds, the college savings and other financial investment components of the State have a dramatic impact many of our citizens. The demands of the office require a person who is knowledgeable of the financial markets. The office demands the highest integrity. Mike has been a financial advisor for several years, and maintains active securities and insurance licenses.

Treasurer Candidate John D. Perdue

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. 1972 Graduate of WVU; 40 years experience in public office. Under John’s leadership, State Treasurer’s Office established the successful SMART529 College Savings Program, became a national leader by returning over $100 million in Unclaimed Property and returned financial integrity back to the office, helping the state achieve an AA1 bond rating.

What is the most important responsibility of the state treasurer’s office?

The most important responsibility in the State Treasurer’s office is protecting the state’s money and investments. For the seventh consecutive year, the Treasurer’s office bond rating has been AAA rated, the highest rating ever achieved by the office. During my tenure, we modernized the office by reducing the number of printed checks the state issues from five million annually to just one million, saving taxpayers significant costs on postage, handling and printing. We also created a new e-commerce division that works with city and county governments, and universities in helping them conduct their financial business more efficiently.

Commissioner of Agriculture Candidate Kent Leonhardt

County of Residence Monongalia

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Kent Leonhardt, retired USMC special intelligence Lieutenant Colonel, owns 380-acre agribusiness in Monongalia County. The WV Farm Bureau has endorsed Leonhardt for Commissioner of Agriculture. Leonhardt has a formal agriculture education with a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences and a Masters Degree in Business Management. Please visit www.kentforwv.com to learn more.

1. What do you see as the role of the Commissioner of Agriculture in spurring economic growth in West Virginia?

The Commissioner of Agriculture plays a unique role in promoting local agribusiness growth and creating a friendly business environment that is attractive to out-of-state agribusinesses. As Commissioner, I will create incentives to support the consumption of local food products, and work tirelessly to create an environment supporting agribusiness job growth.

2. What can the Commissioner of Agriculture do to reduce the level of pollution in West Virginia waterways caused by agricultural runoff?

The Commissioner of Agriculture must employ experienced scientists to identify best practices for pollution reduction based on sound science. To protect WV against EPA, I support an internal audit of waterway pollutant levels, determine effective ways to reduce runoff, and will support our agribusinesses to help economically meet any requirements.

Commissioner of Agriculture Candidate Walt Helmick

County of Residence Pocahontas

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Resides in Minnehaha Springs on 200 acre farm; educated at WV Tech (BA), University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute; is an auctioneer and certified welder. Elected to Pocahontas County Board of Education, Pocahontas County Commission, WV House of Delegates and Senate (former chair of Finance). Owner of several businesses. See helmickforag.com

1. What do you see as the role of the Commissioner of Agriculture in spurring economic growth in West Virginia?

The Commissioner of Agriculture should promote WV farm grown products and pursue selling these products to governmental agencies including public schools in conjunction with WVU Extension Service and WVStateU Extension Service by seeking innovative ideas which have proven successful in other jurisdictions.

2. What can the Commissioner of Agriculture do to reduce the level of pollution in West Virginia waterways caused by agricultural runoff?

The Commissioner of Agriculture should work with the WV Legislature and Chief Executive to establish the necessary funding to address issues that are out of compliance with governmental regulations. The Commissioner must also be involved with WV’s federal delegation in attempting to accomplish this goal.

Attorney General Candidate Patrick Morrisey

County of Residence Jefferson

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Patrick Morrisey is a health care and regulatory lawyer with over 20-years of legal and policy experience. He served as Chief Health Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as partner to one of the largest health care, life science practices in the country.

What do you believe is the most important role that the Attorney General plays in assuring justice for the citizens of West Virginia?

The Attorney General must serve as the state’s chief law enforcement officer and adhere to the U.S. and State Constitutions. That means protecting West Virginia from harmful federal regulations and policies that destroy jobs in the state regardless of who sits in the White House, acting consistently in enforcement actions without favoring any partisan interest, improving the integrity of the Office of Attorney General.

Attorney General Candidate Darrell McGraw

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Darrell McGraw was raised in Wyoming County. Served in the military; completed Army Leadership School. General McGraw graduated from WVU, earning his A.B., M.A., and J.D. He was a truck driver, Supreme Court Justice, lawyer for the State Department, attorney for former Governor Smith, and is the current Attorney General.

What do you believe is the most important role that the Attorney General plays in assuring justice for the citizens of West Virginia?

The Attorney General fights consumer law breakers on behalf of the citizens of West Virginia. The Attorney General also fights the scourge of drug abuse by holding the drug companies accountable. General McGraw works hard to protect seniors, consumers, and small business owners from fraud. Programs of the Attorney General’s Office help local communities. The Attorney General does not have the power to prosecute criminals. We believe such authority should be provided to the Attorney General so the citizens of West Virginia will not have to rely on the federal government for protection against political corruption or Internet fraud.

Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals Candidate Allen Loughry

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Has worked for two Supreme Courts; was a Senior Assistant Attorney General; worked for a U.S. Congressman; a Governor; and is an adjunct professor. Author of “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay For A Landslide.” Has four law degrees, a B.S. from WVU, and studied at Oxford University. www.allenloughry.com

1. Do you favor expanding the drug court program statewide? Please explain.

I favor expansion of the program statewide as drug abuse is quickly becoming an epidemic destroying families on a daily basis. Rehabilitation will result in a fewer tax dollars being spent as participants are less likely to be repeat offenders and can become productive members of society.

2. Are there any reforms in the West Virginia judicial system that you favor? Please explain.

As a candidate for the state’s highest court, I have certainly witnessed the negative impact of money in politics. I will work with the other two branches of government in figuring out the best way to elect/select judges in this State. Judges should not be political.

Justice Of The Supreme Court Of Appeals Candidate John Yoder

County of Residence Jefferson

Party Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. Served in all three branches of government; Judicial: Circuit Judge, 1977-80 & 2009-present and U.S. Supreme Court, 1980-1983; Legislative: State Senate, 1992-1996 & 2003-2008; Executive; U.S. Department of Judtice, Director, Asset Forfeiture Office, 1983-85. B.A., Chapman University, J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, M.B.A., University of Chicago. See www.judgeyoder.com

1. Do you favor expanding the drug court program statewide? Please explain.

Yes. Drug abuse is a major problem in WV and illegal prescription drug abuse is growing substantially, adversely impacting families from all income and social levels. Incarceration by itself is not solving the problem. Drug courts are a valuable tool to try to address the problem.

2. Are there any reforms in the West Virginia judicial system that you favor? Please explain.

Yes. I favor the creation of an intermediate court of appeals with divisions and non-partisan election of judges, among other positive reforms, to help promote the Rule of Law in WV. More predictability in legal decisions, and less politics, is needed to help establish a better climate for job creation.

Justice Of The Supreme Court Of Appeals Candidate Letitia “Tish” Chafin

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. I graduated from Marshall University and WVU College of Law. I am managing partner of a law firm where I practiced for 15+ years. Serving on the Supreme Court would allow me to combine my legal experience and desire to give back. Read my Balanced Court and Transparency Initiatives, www.chafin2012.com.

1. Do you favor expanding the drug court program statewide? Please explain.

The drug court program seeks to rehabilitate nonviolent offenders by breaking them of their substance addictions that lead to both criminal behavior and the destruction of families and communities. I support these efforts and support expanding the programs statewide.

2. Are there any reforms in the West Virginia judicial system that you favor? Please explain.

We must restore public confidence in our judiciary. While the Supreme Court has taken steps toward improving our court system, I believe that my Balanced Court Initiative and Transparent Court Initiative will create a level playing field and ensure fairness, impartiality and transparency for those who come before the court.

Justice Of The Supreme Court Of Appeals Candidate Robin Davis

County of Residence Kanawha

Party Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. I was born and raised in West Virginia; my mother was a teacher and my father was a coal miner. I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan and WVU with master’s and law degrees. I practiced law from 1982-1996 and was elected to the Supreme Court in 1996.

1. Do you favor expanding the drug court program statewide? Please explain.

Drug courts have proven their worth, have turned lives around, and, while enhancing public safety, have also lowered the costs to taxpayers and prevented additional overcrowding in our correctional facilities. Additionally, they’ve dramatically reduced expensive recidivism. Thus, though logistically difficult, I nevertheless support their expansion into all of the counties.

2. Are there any reforms in the West Virginia judicial system that you favor? Please explain.

The reforms I support I have implemented: The 2010 rewrite of the appellate court rules and the opening in October of the new business court. These reforms strengthen and make our court more transparent in addition to demonstrating the court is fair to all litigants.

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The LWV of West Virginia’s Voters Guide for candidates for statewide office in the 2012 General Election will be posted on or about October 10. Please check back then to learn about the candidates. a.. October 16 Last day to register to vote b.. October 24 – November 3 Early Voting Period c.. October 31 Last day to apply for an absentee ballot d.. November 6 GENERAL ELECTION The Secretary of State’s web site (www.sos.wv.gov) has profiles of the candidates for WV Supreme Court of Appeals in the Elections Section.

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May 2012 Primary US Senate

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia 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 50 words.

Democratic Candidates for Unites States Senate

CANDIDATE Sheirl Fletcher

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Monongalia

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sheirl Fletcher, former two-term member of WV Legislature and WVU graduate, is a geologist and environmental specialist with 30+year career in the energy sector. The mother of two grown children, she understands women’s health, education and children issues. Visit www.fletcherforUSSenate.com for info on jobs, energy and protection of the environment.

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: I support Medicare reforms leading to better health for patients and lower costs for providers and taxpayers, including: Invest in patient safety – lower hospital readmissions and hospital- acquired conditions; Reform provider payments- rewarding quality and efficiency; Crack down on fraud and abuse; Reduce excessive Medicare payments to insurance companies.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: Congress must operate under a balanced budget process. In addition to the CBO, an independent federal auditing office should be created to review the budget, identify cost saving measures and make recommendations to Congress. Government waste/fraud and duplicative services must be eliminated, and government programs made more efficient and effective.

CANDIDATE Joe Manchin

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Marion

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: As U.S. Senator, Joe stands up for West Virginia and commonsense. He focuses on creating jobs, getting our finances in order, keeping our promises to seniors and veterans and energy independence. Joe is from Farmington and is an outdoorsman and businessman. He and Gayle have three children and seven grandchildren.

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: Before we touch the core of the program, we need to eliminate the waste, fraud and abuse in the system. The government auditors found $125 billion in waste across the government last year, and we should make sure we’re using every dollar the right way before we consider changing critical services.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: We need to get our financial house in order, like we did in West Virginia. First, nation-building in Afghanistan should end immediately. By the end of 2012, we will have spent $650 billion. We’re building their roads, bridges and schools when we should be rebuilding America and reducing our deficit.

Republican Candidate for Unites States Senate

CANDIDATE John R. Raese

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Monongalia

PARTY Republican

Candidate did not reply

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May 2012 Primary US House of Representatives, 1st District

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidate for US House of Representatives, First District

CANDIDATE Sue Thorn

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Ohio

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in organizational leadership development. After working in economic development, I became the director in a congregation-centered organizing project, tasked with bringing together diverse congregations on social justice issues. I recently organized throughout WV’s 1st District on national issues for the Democratic National Committee. www.Thorn2012.com

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: Medicare’s prescription drug costs are out of control because Medicare is not allowed to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies. Medicare, the largest purchaser of prescription drugs in the US, should negotiate prices, as does the Veterans Administration. Encouraging preventative care and prosecuting fraud will also cut Medicare costs.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: The Defense Department, the federal budget’s second largest component, has the lowest rate of bidded contracts; furthermore, no-bid contracts have nearly tripled over the last 10 years. We must eliminate the influence corporate profits have, not only in our contracts and purchases, but also in the military actions we pursue.

Republican Candidate for US House of Representatives, First District

CANDIDATE David B. McKinley

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Ohio

PARTY Republican

Candidate did not reply

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May 2012 Primary US House of representatives, 2nd District

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidates for US House of Representatives, Second District

CANDIDATE Dugald Brown

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Berkeley

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dugald is a West Virginia native born in Martinsburg who attended WVU receiving a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science, minor in Communications, and certificate in Digital Forensics. Currently an IT consultant who must regularly make technology choices based on pro/con criteria rather than political climate.

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: The best way to control Medicare costs is to control the overall costs of healthcare – discussing single-payer is a necessity. Also helping would be examining for duplicate processes and consolidate these across the whole program. This approach would allow us to consolidate and reduce Medicare infrastructure.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: I would like to take a program-by-program approach to search for duplicate functionality and consolidate programs across all departments. This approach would allow us to consolidate and reduce government infrastructure. Also during this process, examine programs/subsidies for relevancy to current timeframe and eliminate outdated issues.

CANDIDATE William McCann

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Jefferson

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I was raised in Morgan County, and now live in Jefferson County with my wife and daughter. I received degrees in History and Philosophy from WVU. I have a firm understanding of the issues that affect middleclass West Virginians and real solutions to the problems we face. Website: mccannforcongress.com

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: To curb Medicare costs, the price of healthcare in general must come down. This may be achieved by promoting and expanding the number of healthcare professionals educated and employed in the U.S. The prices of medical equipment, medicine, and services should be made affordable to all Americans through regulation.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: I propose we create an agency which audits each government entity, to ensure that money is used wisely and not wasted or used fraudulently. The government should also be required to publish a yearly receipt that is available to the public. Wasteful programs would be apparent and should be cut.

CANDIDATE Howard Swint

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Swint is recognized for his whistleblower role in the State of West Virginia’s purchase of the Greenbrooke Building through George Hohmann’s 2008 award-winning investigative series in the Charleston Daily Mail that resulted in savings of $3.4 million. Swint holds two Master degrees from WVU. Swint for Congress (Facebook) for more.

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: Medicare spends over $50 billion annually on patient healthcare services provided in the last two months of their lives. It would be better to invest in preventive care for children to correspondingly reduce the provision of services in the ER, something that we all pay for, and extend healthier lives.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: Drastically reduce DoD spending for nuclear weapon programs, F-35 jet fighter, V-22 Osprey, “Next Gen” bomber, M1 tank, Littoral Combat Ship, and most SBIRS space weapons; reduce two full Navy wings and two aircraft carrier groups; close bases in more than 25 countries including South Korea, Afghanistan, and Europe.

Republican Candidates for US House of Representatives, Second District

CANDIDATE Shelly Moore Capito

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Republican

Candidate did not reply

CANDIDATE Michael “Mike” Davis

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Randolph

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born in Ohio in 1946, I moved to WV in 1973. I’ve worked since I was ten. I worked my way through college. I have a B.A. in English. I am an artist/entrepreneur (www.shiboriwest.com) and own a campground (www.watergapretreat.com). I have four wonderful children and three grandchildren. www.michaeldavisforcongress.com

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: By far, the last six months of health care costs for the elderly are the most expensive. It would save money and greatly improve the quality of life of the patients, their families, and friends, if providers were required to discuss end-of-life options with their elderly patients.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: The U.S. spends almost as much on our military as the rest of the world combined. I would bring the troops home from all over the world and drastically reduce military spending. Also, I would shrink the prison system by decriminalizing drugs. Drug use is a health issue.

CANDIDATE Jonathan Miller

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Berkeley

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Family – Wife, Kimberly Miller, Step-son, Michael Williams. Education – Bachelor of Arts in political science from High Point University in High Point, NC – 2006. Work Experience – Loan Officer, Lincoln Mortgage. Substitute Teacher, Berkeley County Schools, Health Insurance Consultant, Self-employed. Political Experience – Delegate, WV House of Delegates, Elected 2006, 2008, and 2010

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: One possible way to do this is to allow people to opt out of Medicare. Opting out gives people choices about Medicare while also “shutting off the valve” of future, long run Medicare costs. Any money lost in the short run should be replaced by cutting wasteful and unnecessary spending.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: We can cut over $500 billion, over 10% of the current budget, by placing caps on spending and eliminating unobligated amounts of money. “Unobligated amounts of money” is extra money just sitting around not being used for anything. Think of this as eliminating the “petty cash” fund for government agencies.

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