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State Senate District 13

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    MIKE CAPUTO
    (Dem)

  • REBECCA POLIS
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Biography.

How would you prioritize using the funds provided to WV by the CARES Act and other COVID-19 relief funds?

What changes in current election laws would you favor to make voting safer and more accessible?

Lack of broadband access limits employment and educational opportunities in many parts of West Virginia. What should be done to make broadband available statewide?

Given COVID-19, how do you propose we protect our students, teachers and school service personnel while at the same time providing equal access to a quality education across the state?

What experience, training or education do you have that would make you an effective state legislator?

Mike Caputo has served in the House of Delegates for the last 24 years and was previously the Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America’s International District 31.

Mike is now running for the State Senate in the 13th District because he believes it is time to take North Central West Virginia to the next level. Mike is committed to bringing business and labor together in order to improve the economy of Monongalia & Marion counties. He promises you two things: to work as hard as he possibly can for the people of West Virginia, and to never forget where he came from.
I would utilize those funds to support our local governments and small buisnesses. I would also use a portion to buy more PPE to help get our kids back to school in the safest manner possible. It is important to utilize those funds to save lives of West Virginians and support our small businesses who are struggling.
I would favor any laws which make voting more safe and accessible especially in light of this pandemic. This issue truly excites me because I think it is an area I could work with my Republican colleagues on.
We have to make broadband a priority. We cannot let our state fall further behind in this area. COVID-19 has highlighted how important broadband is right now, let alone in the future. It is important for our students and businesses right now. This is an area potential businesses look at before deciding whether to invest in West Virginia. If we can improve this area, it could unlock enormous potential for our state.
We need to listen the experts. It is important to follow their recommendations and guidelines. We should also utilize the CARES Act to buy PPE for our students, staff, & service personnel. Everyone wants our students to be back in school, but we have to make sure we do it in a safe and responsible manner.
One of the most important lessons I have learned in life is the power of listening. I believe this is essential to my job as an Elected Official. I need to listen to my constituents daily because my job is to represent them and improve their lives. I also must listen to my colleagues so we can work together to move our state forward. This skill is vital to being an effective legislator.
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