Appeal Judge Tucker’s ruling

August 23, 2011

Members of Morgantown City Council
City Hall
Morgantown, WV

Dear Members of City Council:

The League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County would like you to Appeal the recent ruling by Judge Tucker against the Ban on Marcellus Shale Fracking in and around Morgantown.

In her ruling the Judge states that the environmental issues are being addressed by Governor Tomblin’s executive order of July 5. The DEP has now issued their emergency rules requested by the Governor regarding Marcellus drilling. They are not at all adequate to protect the City of Morgantown from the nearby Marcellus drilling. As you know, Northeast has said they want to drill six wells on the pad across from Morgantown. They have permits for two. The public notice procedure in the new rules calls for a notice of application for a permit “within the boundaries of any municipality”. Northeast’s wells are outside the boundaries. We would not have notice of an application for the next four wells. Even if the City did have notice, there is no mention of public comment, let alone public influence on any permitting decision.

The Select Legislative Committee which is charged with developing Marcellus regulations seems to be divided between proceeding this fall and waiting to let the full Legislature create and pass regulations in January. If they wait, there would probably be no regulations in effect until next July at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the DEP is giving out permits that will only be subject to the DEP rules. These rules do not protect surface owners, do not fund more inspectors for DEP, or control air emissions, or develop adequate bonding , or permit water withdrawals , or monitor stream levels, or create adequate distances from populations, homes, schools, hospitals and other sensitive places, or provide for the cumulative impact of multiple wells in a community including truck traffic, road destruction and noise pollution.

The League of Women Voters requests that City Council appeal the judgment handed down by Judge Susan Tucker on August 12, 2011, regarding the City’s right to pass an Ordinance banning fracking in and around Morgantown.

The State of West Virginia still does not have adequate regulations to protect Morgantown from the negative effects of Marcellus Shale drilling and fracking.

Sincerely,


The League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County

WV Senate Debate live on PBS

At 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2010, tune in to WVPBS to hear a live debate between Becker, Johnson, Manchin and Raese.  WVU Dean of Journalism will moderate the event, and the Morgantown League will be helping out with various activities.

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, Second District, November 2010 General

Candidates for U S House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District

November 2, 2010 General Election

CANDIDATE Shelly Moore Capito

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Member, U.S. Congress serving on the House Transportation & Infrastructure and Financial Services Committees, Ranking Member, House Select Committee on Independence and Global Warming, Founding Member, Congressional Coal Caucus, Former Member, West Virginia House of Delegates, Former Career Counselor, West Virginia State University, Graduate, Duke University and University of Virginia. For more information log onto www.capitoforcongress.com.

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

ANSWER. Congress needs to prevent the tax hike on all Americans next year by extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. If we don’t act, the 10% rate will go to 15%, married couples will pay more, the amount parents deduct through the child tax credit will be slashed in half, and most small businesses will experience a 13% increase.

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

ANSWER. We must provide our troops the resources necessary to complete their missions while we eliminate our deficit and reduce the debt. This starts with ending the bailouts and so-called stimulus spending that has cost taxpayers over $1 trillion and includes holding weekly YouCut votes like we did nine times this year that would have cut $120 billion in wasteful spending.

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

ANSWER. Congress needs to allow teachers to teach and place more control of classrooms at the local level. West Virginia needs to have greater flexibility to make decisions as states and local schools should not be hamstrung with federal regulations that ultimately take time away from students learning. We need to ensure that there is accountability at all levels.

CANDIDATE Virginia Lynch Graf

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Jefferson

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My experiences as innovator, educator and activist enable me to legislate intelligently, creatively and fairly.  I am running a clean election taking no money from special interest groups.   A democratic republic succeeds when elected officials work for the good of all.   My campaign motto represents me best,  “It’s time to stick our necks out for West Virginia.” Website: grafforcongress.com

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

ANSWER . Elizabeth Warren’s appointment to oversee the Consumer Protection Agency was an excellent step. Someone of her caliber should replace Larry Summers on the President’s economic team. Also: restructure tax systems fairly, cutting all loopholes; allow Bush cuts for the wealthy to expire; stop government subsidization of oil and gas companies; purchase green energy and transportation for military and domestic use.

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

ANSWER. Reduce military spending from 59% of the budget to 40%. We still would be a superpower with money for domestic needs. This can be achieved by: closing some bases around the world, e.g., Germany and Japan; reducing extravagant payment to technical service companies and mercenary groups; and eliminating obsolete weaponry and delivery systems.

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

ANSWER.  Overhaul how schools are funded and provide free quality education from elementary through college or technical school; connect teachers and students to research development centers for on-going education; employ multi-sensory learning techniques; teach critical thinking and problem-solving; reduce repetitive testing; use subjective and objective evaluation tools; re-create modest school size and avoid mega-size schools. Make free job training universally available.

CANDIDATE Phil Hudok

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Randolph

PARTY Constitution

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

A 60 year resident of WV, my wife Lynn and I have four daughters, three being in college. I’ve spent 37 years teaching, having a physics teaching degree and a masters in educational computing. I teach at Pickens School in Randolph County. I’ve had Century Photo since 1973. In several WV Supreme Court Cases I’ve successfully defended rights. www.hudok.com

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

ANSWER . First and foremost the Glass-Steagall Act must be reinstated to prevent bank speculation of public investments. Also, Congress must regain responsibility for and control of the issuance of money. The Federal Reserve Act was deceptively foisted upon the citizens when most congressmen were gone for the 1913 Christmas holiday. What Jefferson warned has transpired. Congress can’t lawfully delegate away responsibility.

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

ANSWER. Glad you asked. If we weren’t militarily where we don’t belong, fighting unjust, constitutionally undeclared wars, (only Congress can declare war!) we would be more respected, better liked, and not hemorrhaging to death. Let’s quit playing shell games with mercenaries and troops (National Guard at that) and strengthen ourselves from the inside out. Support the troops by bringing them home.

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

ANSWER. Glad you asked. As a 37 year teacher, who’s studied history, and hosted Charlotte Iserbyt, author of the “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America”, we must get the unfunded mandating, politically correct, force feeding, federal government OUT of education. Government schools teach the government’s religion violating the first and tenth amendments. Why were we number one at the USDOE’s founding?


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, 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.

US Congress, Second District, May 2010 Primary

Candidates for U S House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District

May 11, 2010 Primary Election

CANDIDATE NAME Shelley Moore Capito

COUNTY Kanawha

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Member, U.S. Congress serving on the House Transportation & Infrastructure and Financial Services Committees. Ranking Member, House Select Committee on Independence and Global Warming. Founding Member, Congressional Coal Caucus. Former Member, West Virginia House of Delegates. Former Career Counselor, West Virginia State University. Graduate, Duke University and University of Virginia

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

ANSWER

My “all the above” energy plan focuses on using existing energy sources like coal and natural gas at the same time that we invest in alternative energy and clean coal technology. I support lifting the current ban on offshore drilling and investing a portion of the revenues in alternative energy.

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

ANSWER

West Virginians want leaders in Washington who will listen to their concerns and focus on the issue that matters most: improving the economy and reducing spending. They’re tired of seeing unemployment get worse while taxpayer dollars went to bank bailouts and failed “stimulus” plans.

OFFICE U. S. House of Representatives

2nd Congressional District

CANDIDATE NAME Virginia Lynch Graf

COUNTY Jefferson

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My experiences as innovator, educator and activist enable me to legislate intelligently, creatively and fairly. A democratic republic succeeds when elected officials work towards the common good. Discipline required for a doctorate in ministry taught me not only research techniques, but skills for transforming ecumenical, theological and pastoral studies into practical applications.

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

ANSWER

Learning to use critical thinking skills is necessary to address climate change. Many citizens are unable to distinguish between punditry and research. Such indistinction, recognized by corporations invested in fossil fuels, led to a campaign of misinformation across America. Doubts about the reality of climate change has succeeded even among Congressional members.

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

ANSWER

The federal budget, rarely balanced, could achieve deficit reduction by: re-establishing the estate tax for estates valued over $350,000,000 to return some fortune to the society which enabled its success; ending the 10 year wars costing over $3 trillion; discontinuing subsidies to countries and companies harming American well being.

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)