US Congress, First District, November 2010 General

Candidates for U S House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District

November 2, 2010 General Election

CANDIDATE David McKinley

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Ohio

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Principal, McKinley & Associates (professional engineering and architectural design firm); former member West Virginia House of Delegates (1981 – 1995); former chairman, West Virginia Republican Party (1994 – 1996); graduate, Perdue University, B.S.E.; wife, Mary; four children. www.McKinley2010.com

QUESTION 1. What should the federal government do about the growing economic disparity between the middle class and the well-to-do?

ANSWER. With unemployment in the construction industry at 35 percent, I propose a nationalprogram to retrofit public buildings for energy efficiency. Not only will that slash the jobless rate in this crippled sector and promote energy independence, it will spur manufacturing to supply materials for roof insulation, window replacement, energy-efficient HVAC systems and lighting controls. It can start a broader economic (exceeded word limit)

QUESTION 2. How will you balance the continuing costs of the military with the costs of domestic needs?

ANSWER. Without compromising national security we must rein in out-of-control spending on a program-by-program basis.

QUESTION 3. What measures should Congress enact to make our educational system more competitive with other developed nations?

ANSWER A third of our college graduates hold degrees in science and engineering compared to 63 percent in Japan and 53 percent in China. We were once a world leader in awarding science and engineering degrees. But our college-age population is now at the bottom among nations in this regard. Also troubling is that of 22,500 doctorates in science and engineering (exceeded word limit)

CANDIDATE: Mike Oliverio

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Monongalia

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The grandson of Italian immigrants, Mike Oliverio worked through college and graduate school at WVU, where he became student body president. He achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. A small business owner, he served two years in the West Virginia House of Delegates and 16 in the Senate. Mike and Melissa Oliverio have two children.

QUESTION 1. What should the federal government do about the growing economic disparity between the middle class and the well-to-do?

ANSWER. Closing the trade deficit with China is first. Over the last five years, we have imported $1.2 Trillion more than we have exported to China. It is the largest imbalance in the world. That imbalance costs us jobs in skilled, middle-class workers. We must end it. If we had fair trade with China, we wouldn’t have needed a stimulus plan.

QUESTION 2. How will you balance the continuing costs of the military with the costs of domestic needs?

ANSWER. I understand the value of the military, having served myself. As American forces continue to return, these costs will reduce in part. However, we live in a different world now. We cannot mothball our military as we have in decades past after a conflict. I applaud the work done at the Pentagon to trim duplicative projects and congressional pet perks.

QUESTION 3. What measures should Congress enact to make our educational system more competitive with other developed nations?

ANSWER. We must allow more local control for our education system. Unfunded mandates from Washington are tying the hands of teachers who are trying innovative new techniques. Congress must have greater faith in our state and local school boards to teach our children the skills they need for the future.

US Congress, First District, May 2010 Primary

Candidates for U S House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District

May 11, 2010 Primary Election

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Cindy Hall

COUNTY Ohio

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Qualifications for the office of US Congress, come in different forms. As a 30 year business owner, involved in community revitalization, mediation, business growth, leadership, and Tea Party participation, I have no commitment to special interest groups or unions, whose political philosophy is in opposition to my conservative values.

QUESTION 1. What do you think is necessary to address the issue of climate change?

ANSWER

Climate change is in debate. It appears that some misinformation have been presented which puts a cloud on the debate. Clean air, water, and landfill are important topics and should be addressed, but not under the Obama agenda, which is primarily for control and power.

QUESTION 2. What steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

ANSWER

To balance the federal budget is to reduce the size of government, eliminate agencies and departments, whose responsibility could be handled by state government.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Patricia VanGilder Levenson

COUNTY Ohio

PARTY Republican

Candidate did not reply

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME David B. McKinley

COUNTY Ohio

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

David McKinley is a small businessman from Wheeling. After spending twelve years supporting his family with three jobs, he started his own company – McKinley & Associates. He has since developed this one man operation into a successful company, which is considered one of the top architectural and engineering firms in (exceeded word limit)

QUESTION 1. What do you think is necessary to address the issue of climate change?

ANSWER

We need to stop the war on coal in West Virginia. The Obama / Pelosi / Mollohan agenda of reducing the amount of coal we produce and use in the United States not only exports our jobs to foreign countries like China, but it also exports pollution because those counties (exceeded word limit)

QUESTION 2. What steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

ANSWER

First of all, we have to stop the spending. Earmarks should be eliminated and foreign aid reduced. We also need to rein in the millions of dollars in duplication that occurs between bureaucracies. A Republican-controlled Congress balanced the budget from 1998 until 2001 – we can do it again.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Sarah Minear

COUNTY Monongalia

PARTY Republican

Candidate did not reply

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Alan B. Mollohan

COUNTY Marion

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Alan B. Mollohan was born in Fairmont and has represented the First District for 28 years. His top priority is economic development. He works to defend the area’s traditional industries against unfair attacks and also to diversify its base through high-tech, aerospace, tourism and government-service activities.

QUESTION 1. What do you think is necessary to address the issue of climate change?

ANSWER

Coal generates half of our electricity today, and coal will generate half – or more – of our electricity 30 years from now. I will continue to bring federal dollars to West Virginia for research into carbon capture and sequestration that will guarantee a future for our coal industry.

QUESTION 2. What steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

ANSWER

The health care bill will rein in the cost of health care and actually reduce the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade. We also need to return to the balanced fiscal policies President Clinton adopted that left the federal budget in surplus and promoted economic growth.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Mike Oliverio

COUNTY Monongalia

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The grandson of Italian immigrants, Mike Oliverio has put himself through undergraduate and graduate school at WVU, where he became student body president. He achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He served two years in the West Virginia House of Delegates and 16 in the Senate.

QUESTION 1. What do you think is necessary to address the issue of climate change?

ANSWER

I believe we must seek sensible legislation that gradually reduces emissions. But we must make absolutely certain that the regulations coming from this lawmaking will not seriously wound our core extraction industries. Cap and trade, for example, is not good for coal and, therefore, not good for West Virginia.

QUESTION 2. What steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

ANSWER

The answer is not so much an action as it is a mindset that needs to change. Washington has got to curtail spending now. The Bush Administration and Congress lost sight of the PAYGO (Pay-As-You-Go) rule that served as a check and balance regarding the use of federal dollars.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Thomas Stark

COUNTY Wood

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Christian; businessman, 62; wife, Mary; five children, eight grandchildren; Resident – WV almost 13 years, produces custom millwork, furniture, and custom decorated apparel. Vietnam veteran. Bachelors – Barry University, short 7 credits for Masters in Organizational Management. 27 years in management and security operations including 15 with local government in FL.

QUESTION 1. What do you think is necessary to address the issue of climate change?

ANSWER

Global temperature changes are cyclical events tied far more conclusively to solar radiation fluctuations than they have been to human activity. It is more important to expand domestic energy supplies to provide greater security for our country than to force higher energy costs on our citizens based on unproven science.

QUESTION 2. What steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

ANSWER

Our Constitution permits government to do only those specified things listed in it. Eliminate all departments/functions not required to do those things to balance the budget. Federal =highly limited; States = nearly unlimited; People = limited only by state laws & Constitution. Government shouldn’t be a nanny or control everything.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Mac Warner

COUNTY Monongalia

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mac attended West Point military academy. He graduated in 1977, and was commissioned as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. In 1979, Mac was one of 25 officers selected to attend law school for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He returned to the College of Law to obtain his (Exceeded word limit)

QUESTION 1. What do you think is necessary to address the issue of climate change?

ANSWER

We must find a way to balance People, Planet and Profits. Cap and trade legislation, as an example, is based on unproven science, and Congress should place a moratorium on further legislation until there is an open debate and general consensus reached on the legitimacy of the underlying science.

QUESTION 2. What steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

ANSWER

We have to stop the out-of-control wasteful government spending and use a budget just like families in West Virginia do. We must encourage entrepreneurship and the growth of small businesses. The way to do that is not by increasing taxes, but by doing just the opposite – we must cut taxes. (Exceeded word limit)