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House of Delegates District 8

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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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Retired educator. Graduate: Williamstown High School, Marshall University BA, West Virginia University MA. United States Air Force Vietnam Veteran. Member: WV House of Delegates. Chairman: Committee on Energy. Member: Williamstown Presbyterian Church and American Legion Post 159.
My first priority for Cares Act Funding would be for health support services for the treatment and prevention of Covid-19. Secondly, funding for the expansion of broadband must be given greater emphasis to help provide for the delivery of equal educational services for students in public and private schools as well as higher educational institutions.
Present Election laws in West Virginia are meeting the needs of voters. Provisions for absentee voting, early voting, as well as election day voting, gives voters multiple options for casting their ballots.
Making Broadband available is a difficult challenge given the rural nature and low population of West Virginia. We need to tap funds from the CARES Act when the provisions of this federal law permits. Given the present need for virtual instruction in public, private, and higher education I believe additional state funds should be appropriated to support expansion of Broadband.
Covid-19 presents unprecedented challenges to parents, teachers, students, and public officials. Students, teachers, and service personnel must dress to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The present combination of in-person and internet-delivered instruction reduces the chance of disease spread. Public officials must constantly monitor this dynamic situation and design and/or modify programs in light of scientific developments.
My career as a teacher of American Government helped prepare me for service in the legislature. Prior to running for office, I helped in other campaigns. During my years in the House of Delegates, I have served on the Education, Finance, Political Subdivisions, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Pensions, and Rules Committees. Presently I serve as chairman of the Energy Committee.