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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?

I am a lifelong resident of Wood County. Married to my wife Katherine for 46 years. We have three adult children and six grandchildren. I am the owner of Conley Fabrication. Currently serving on the Vienna City Council. I am Chairman of the Wood County Republican Executive Committee as well as a member of the West Virginia Republican Executive Committee.
I believe a larger portion should be available to small business. Small business is the backbone of our economy. Allowing small business to survive means jobs. Jobs means money earned and not supplemented through the Cares act which is funded by our tax dollars. Americans by and large want to work. We do not want to be socialist type nation.
Adequate steps have been taken. We now have mail in ballots and early voting as well as voting at the polls on Election Day. I feel very comfortable in voting at the polls. If I were to change anything it would be returning to the option of straight party ticket voting. Less time at the polls means shorter lines.
Follow up / much work is being done. The following bills have all been passed to enhance broadband capacity. HB 3093 – HB 4447 – SB 3 – HB 4015 & HB 4619. Next year a broadband loan insurance program will be considered. Also the Governor recently announced that $50 million from the cares act will be deployed for broadband expansion. Follow up.
Protocols should be developed on a County by County / School by School basis based on data available to our Educators. I would change the schedules while on this two day schedule with Group A going Monday and Tuesday and Group B going Thursday and Friday. This would allow for cleaning and sanitizing on Wednesday as well as the weekend.
As a small business owner I have created many jobs over the years . Job creation is not something I talk about, it’s what I do . As a current member of the Vienna City Council I have a proven voting record of cutting cost , reducing spending while increasing efficiencies. This will be my plan at the state level.
Graduate of PHS and West Virginia Wesleyan. I am working with my family in our construction supply and river business.
Continue unemployment and sole proprietor benefits. Also continue to provide funds to Schools and Public Colleges to keep students safe
Make Voter's registration books into a electronic format, so voters can show up at any polling place to exercise their right to vote.
Continue working with the federal government on funding rural areas.
We must continue to bring "in school experience" to every student if possible. We must monitor outbreaks and adjust quickly if necessary.
First appointed in 1987 and served until 1991. I served on the finance committee then and now, I serve as vice-chairman of the finance committee that plays a big role in the financial future of our State.
Educated Wood County Schools, Graduated Mountain State College, AAS; PCC (WVU-P), AAS; Glenville State, RBS. US Air Force veteran. Retired DuPont. Served on Council, 85-96, 2013-2014. Council President, 3yrs; held VP, Chairmanship of Public Works, Finance, and Personnel Committees. Five years on Area Roundtable. Elected to the WV House of Delegates 2014. Various Civic and Fraternal organizations.
The congressional stimulus awarded to WV for COVID relief was $1.25MM. The check came with specific guidelines. We have little leeway in appropriations to government entities‘, businesses, organizations, or residents. Caution must be taken to insure guidelines are followed. Appropriations outside those guidelines will result in a requirement to pay millions of dollars back to the federal government.
Voting is the most important activity we have to protect our democracy. Safeguards are in place to protect the integrity of the ballot. Current laws provide safeguards and adequate opportunities for a fair election. Residents who are eligible for absentee ballots, scheduled early voting, and traditional election day voting are guaranteed that right to vote.
In most cases, broadband systems are operated by phone or cable companies. Their franchises are controlled by the legislature. Mandating phone and cable companies to provide broadband services to every customer could be the answer. Tax Credits could be offered to these companies to defer the cost of installation. Installing these systems would provide better educational and business opportunities.
Eliminating unnecessary exposure will slow the spread of COVID. Children attending classes on a 5 day schedule are exposed to the same small group routinely. Students that attend classes 2 days per week, and the rest of the week in childcare experience 2 to 3 times more exposure and have a higher risk of spreading the virus to others.
First elected to House of Delegates in 2014, re-elected in 2016-18. Vice-Chair of the House Energy Committee; and serve on Education, Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security, Political Sub-Divisions, and Senior and Family Issues Committees. I served 14 years on the Parkersburg City Council, and am an Air Force Veteran (67-71). Retired from DuPont.
A life-long Wood County resident, I graduated PHS, earning a BA-Wheeling Jesuit. Married to Ron for 33 years, both engineer sons are PSHS graduates. Church leadership and service organization roles give me insight into opportunities for improvement across Wood County. My 36-year DuPont career as an operator/mgmt. and in Human Resources provides experience I will put to work for you!
Funding public health resources must be prioritized. Establish a funding oversight coalition to prevent waste. Strengthen public health response increasing testing capacity, purchasing PPE, and allocating funds to employ contact tracers. Providing direct assistance to people who are struggling to pay rent, utilities because of the economic crisis and fund childcare infrastructure. Provide additional funding for stretched counties and cities.
Five states have successful mail-in ballot systems. Automatic voter registration and ballot mailing with drop boxes for easy collection. Protecting the integrity of voter registration systems, pollbooks, and election websites, as well as ballot preparation, voting machines, and tabulation systems will continue to evolve necessitating ongoing evaluation and improving WV election system security. Voting machines must have paper audit trail.
Regulators will soon determine if “financially qualified” Frontier can bid on Federal $766 million. Frontier should not be allowed to participate due to bankruptcy and mismanagement track record. New providers such as SpaceX Starlink must be considered when comparing costs with fiber cable. Strict oversight is critical to insure WV access to a fundamental utility without being fleeced again
Teachers/School Service Personnel must have input in ongoing COVID Response safety in our schools. The West Virginia color-coded map determines school status weekly. Officials have relied on outdated data, raised cutoffs determining county’s risk level, changing methodology determining the metrics for safety/risk. Transparency is critical and games with how cases are counted damage the credibility of WV DHHR/Gov officials.
Education and experience in management and human resources provides a unique blend of skills in problem solving and policy development. Training in problem solving methods like Six Sigma gives an advantage of data/science based analysis along with bringing people together to build support for opportunities to make better policies and laws for a fair and thriving WV for us all.
Lifelong Wood County resident. Graduate of PHS and WVU with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. With two years of experience in the Substance Use Disorder field, I am a Freelance Transportation Specialist for government entities and their clients. Over 3yrs of training and teaching Brazilian JiuJitsu with local Police Officers. Previous experience educating individuals on their options for Medicare/Medicaid.
We deserve a bold, comprehensive, ongoing response to covid19 one that doesn’t force us to choose between our health and our small businesses, our lives and our bank accounts. Provide economic support to those suffering from employment or small businesses closures. Free covid19 testing available at every local health department.
This campaign has signed a pledge to not take a cent of corporate PAC money. WV needs automatic voter registration upon your 18th birthday, ballot drop-boxes in every district, and an end to partisan gerrymandering. Permit ranked choice voting that would allow people to vote third party, without “throwing away their vote”.
Broadband needs to be a public utility where we prioritize West Virginians and public good over price gouging monopolies that provide inferior service. Build the “middle mile” and lay over 2,000 miles of fiberoptic cable which would create over 5,000 jobs. Strengthen broadband connectivity standards to mitigate the gap in education and economic opportunities for distance workers, educators, and students.
Virtual learning is not an adequate substitute for physical classes. Our goal must be a return to in person learning by suppressing the transmission of covid19 to control state and local outbreaks. In order to protect teachers and students, until covid19 is contained, distance learning should be implemented and once we return to school, all necessary PPE should be provided.
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