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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?

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I am a lifelong resident of the Kanawha Valley, attended public schools (Chamberlain, Horace Mann, Capital High) and then completed a Bachelors and Masters Degree at WVU. A small business owner, I run a small real estate consulting firm in Charleston, completing appraisals, sales and various investment consultations. I spend a great deal of time with my son, Brayden 12 years old, in his many adventures (Scouting, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball).
Unfortunately, we have not had the opportunity to discuss and debate the appropriate use of CARES Act funds. I believe the ideal use of these funds is to invest in issues where we can resolve long-term issues while solving the short-term issues that have come up from COVID-19. These issues would include education priorities (hardware/broadband, etc), improvement in long-term health practices and improvements to our infrastructure as DHHR, Workforce and other entities are involved.
During my short time in the Legislature I have fought against increases to campaign finance limits and fought to move forward greater accessibility to voting/voter involvement. Automatic Voter Registration is a measure passed 4 years ago, that has yet to be implemented and has been a focus of my work in the legislature attempting to stop delays to the program year after year. Finding various ways to encourage constituents to be involved in the election process is a necessity to move our state forward.
Broadband has been a cornerstone of many politicians campaigns in recent years. However, most of these politicians have NEVER introduced a bill about internet/broadband! I believe the first step to improving internet and broadband service is to give the Public Service Commission the authority to accept and deal with complaints to service issues. Internet is now a widely used public utility and should be monitored as such, without this companies can have service disruptions and lack timely responses to restoring service. The long-term approach to solving broadband access, unfortunately, is much more complicated. We have attempted Co-Ops, tax breaks and other legislation to improve service, however it is going to take a much more creative app
I believe our education system has adapted as best as it could to COVID-19 issues, however that doesn't put kids back in the classroom in all situations or ensure those without internet/adequate help at home, etc are provided equal opportunities. Again, I believe investment in infrastructure is what is needed, provide teachers, students and school service personnel with the tools/equipment to protect themselves as many of our small businesses have utilized to continue serving their customers. Other states have used CARES funds to buy tablets/laptops for students, hotspots for teachers/students to continue remote learning and to build protections for teachers, etc in the classrooms.
I believe others may use this space to describe their jobs, education background and other biographical topics. However, I truly believe the experience/training/education that would make me an effective legislator is my community involvement. I spend every day working with members of my community in my professional life, spend many evenings with my son at soccer/scouts/basketball/baseball and weekends doing the same. I believe I AM the typical West Virginia and for that reason will make me more effective and responsive to other West Virginians in my district.