US Congress, Third District, November 2010 General

Candidates for U S House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District

November 2, 2010 General Election

CANDIDATE Elliott “Spike” Maynard

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Mingo

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Elliott “Spike” Maynard is an Air Force veteran, where he served in reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Maynard was the Managing Director of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce and practiced law. In 1976, Maynard was elected as a Prosecuting Attorney for Mingo County. He was appointed by Governor Rockefeller to the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit and was twice elected (exceeded word limit)

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

ANSWER . Congress must stop spending money we don’t have. Huge debt devastates our middle class. Stop raising taxes. No new taxes on anyone. Taxes are middle class job killers. Hands off Social Security. No cuts of any kind in social security benefits. Repeal Obamacare. Restore the $500 billion Congress took from our seniors in Medicare cuts. Stop bailouts and quit sending (exceeded word limit)

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

ANSWER. I support a strong military. I am a military veteran. As a veteran, I believe we must give our veterans the very best benefits, especially medical care, and never cut benefits or payments. Combat troops in Afghanistan and Iraq deserve the finest weapons and support no matter what it costs. We must never finance any domestic spending program at the expense of the lives (exceeded word limit)

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

ANSWER. First, Congress must not simply throw money at the problem. We need to teach more science, math and language arts. We need standards to measure skills of both students and teachers. Schools which do not perform should be closed. Most urgently, we need to restore order and discipline in the classroom and zero tolerance for drugs and school violence.

CANDIDATE Nick J. Rahall II

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Raleigh

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have had the honor of representing the people of southern West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1976. I have fought for and will continue to fight for jobs, our seniors, our veterans, for better educational opportunities for our children and for working men and women while seeking improvements in our public works, roads and highways.

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

ANSWER . America cannot afford the cuts in and privatizing Social Security and give-aways to the super-rich that Republican leaders in Washington support.  These policies led to the failures of Wall Street and the housing market collapse.  I support building up our domestic manufacturing base, enforcing Buy American policies, closing tax loopholes that encourage outsourcing  American jobs overseas and preserving Social Security.

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

ANSWER. The last Administration cut domestic spending to increase defense spending and  reduce taxes for the wealthiest, while axing funding for mine safety inspectors, highways, and public services.  Waste, fraud, and abuse resulted at the Pentagon. That must end. We can ensure sufficient funds for our troops to be well-trained and equipped, while providing more sufficient funding levels for domestic needs.

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

ANSWER Congress should reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to secure educational improvements for all kids – particularly those in rural areas.  It will also help to recruit and reward quality teachers.  We must increase access to higher education through full funding of Pell grant providing greater access to affordable educational loans, and creating incentives for students to attend college.

US Congress, Third District, May 2010 Primary

Candidates for U S House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District

May 11, 2010 Primary Election

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

3rd Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Bruce Barilla

COUNTY Greenbrier

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

B.S. Business Education. University of Illinois. Employed at The Greenbrier. America’s Christian Heritage Week (nationwide promoter) http://www.achw.org/ Christian Heritage Week in West Virginia (statewide promoter) http://www.achw.org/html/chwinwv.html

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

ANSWER

Climate change is the new name for global warming, which has been proven to be a scam. To address this issue we need the truth. If I may make a joke; I wish I hadn’t listened to Al Gore and sold my snow shovel before this past winter.

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

ANSWER

Less spending. Any balanced budget amendment proposal must have a no new taxes provision. Simply put, “In God We Trust, everyone else pays cash.”

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

3rd Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Lee A. Bias

COUNTY Cabell

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a lifelong resident of West Virginia. I have worked in this area as an EMT, a Paramedic, an ICU Nurse, a Critical Care Ground Transport Nurse, a Fixed Wing Flight Nurse, and now I work as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. I have my Bachelors and Masters Degree from (exceeded word limit)

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

ANSWER

Climate change has been a very controversial issue recently. I believe that we should be good stewards of our environment, but that the alarmist views of “Climate Change” may be over exaggerated. Evidence clearly indicates that our environment is cyclical. We need to approach our environment with respect and responsibility.

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

ANSWER

Deficit spending must be stopped now. We must begin paying off our national debt. This is no different than what families and businesses must do to survive. We must prioritize the needs of our nation. When our country restores fiscal sanity, we will be a stronger nation.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

3rd Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Marty Gearheart

COUNTY Mercer

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Bluefield High, B.S. in Education Concord University, Managing Member Gearheart Enterprises, Former V.P. Sales/Marketing Acken Signs., Former President Sales Executive Club, Former Chair Mercer Republicans, Member West Virginia Republican Executive Committee, Trustee chair, Bland St. United Methodist Church, Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, Director Community Foundation Virginias.

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

ANSWER

No action required. I believe that climate is a natural occurrence and is not due to actions taken by man. The suggested legislation passed by the House (Cap and Trade) has nothing to do with the climate or emissions rather it is about government control and additional taxation.

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

ANSWER

Extensive spending cuts and evaluation of government programs, eliminating those that don’t produce as intended. More importantly cut taxes! Cutting taxes stimulates the economy and generates more revenue to the treasury. This combination will bring the budget into balance over time. I do advocate an annual balanced budget.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

3rd Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Conrad G. Lucas II

COUNTY Cabell

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I was born in Huntington and raised Lincoln and Morgan Counties. My parents are educators and my grandfathers were coal miners turned entrepreneurs. I served on Shelley Capito’s staff, and later for a law firm in Huntington and a university in Beckley. I hold degrees from Vanderbilt, Harvard and Tulane.

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

ANSWER

Claims regarding climate change are greatly overstated by the anti-coal and anti-mining communities. We must continue to support the mining of West Virginia coal to provide for West Virginia families, while looking to develop clean coal technology for the future. Important policy decisions shouldn’t be based on junk science.

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

ANSWER

Irresponsible spending in Washington must be stopped. To balance the budget, it is imperative that social programs be cut. The Constitution prescribes the federal government’s role as highly limited and the budget should reflect that view. Congress must operate under the guidelines set by the framers when establishing the budget.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

3rd Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Elliott E. “Spike” Maynard

COUNTY Mingo

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Elliott “Spike” Maynard: born in Williamson, WV; served in the United States Air; Managing Director of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce; twice elected Prosecuting Attorney of Mingo County; appointed trial Judge of the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit; elected to a twelve-year term on the state Supreme Court.

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

ANSWER

With Climategate, it is clear that much misinformation, outright fraud and junk science was used to create an issue. We should not make critical policy decisions that cost jobs, dramatically increase electric power bills and raise taxes based on bogus science. Cap and trade would devastate WV.

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

ANSWER

Generally, The same things you do to balance your household budget. Stop huge obscene spending. No more Bailouts. Reduce size (and cost) of government. Give tax cuts to small businesses who are huge job creators. Repeal the budget busting Healthcare takeover bill Congress just passed. Use basic economic common sense.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

3rd Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Nick J. Rahall II

COUNTY Raleigh

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

First elected to the Congress in 1976 representing the people of southern West Virginia. Currently serving as the Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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

ANSWER

America must create and deploy new technologies enabling the continued use of affordable coal and other fossil fuels, while broadening our energy sources. Foreign countries must be required to reduce their own emissions, which would prevent manufacturers from relocating overseas and create a market for American-made low-emission technologies.

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

ANSWER

Eliminate government waste, fraud, and abuse. Preserve investment in proven government initiatives that expand the economic base, create jobs, and generate revenue for the Treasury.