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House of Delegates District 27

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    DOUG SMITH (Winner)

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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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Campaign Phone (304) 320-0879
Marty Gearheart. 58 year father of 3, and grandfather of 3. Owner Gearheart Enterprises, LLC, a sign contracting firm. Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2010-2018. Unsuccessful in bid for US House in 2018. Served as Chairman of Committee on Roads and Transportation, Member of Finance Committee, Committee on Political Subdivisions, and Committee on Senior Issues.
Unemployment, Loss of Business due specifically to closings caused by Covid-19. Additional requirements to provide for Constitutional required education. Loss of revenue for Higher Ed institutions. Backfill for expenditures of DHHR and National Guard.
I think voting in WV is safe and accessible.
Expanding network wiring when public projects are in unserved areas is a big start. Developing a data base of those that will purchase internet service in unserved areas to allow expansion to move where it is most desired. Pursuing new technology like satellite service.
Employees that are infected should not enter buildings. Students are subject to symptoms of this virus in frequently. When symptomatic that should be removed from buildings. Otherwise, stay clean, and conduct school business. Those employees that have other conditions that make the virus dangerous to them should be given leave of absence until conditions are secure for them.
A laundry list of qualifying experience and training. Degree in Education, Former Teacher, Former secondary school football and baseball coach, current secondary school football and basketball official, member and former board member of Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias, Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, Member of the WV House of Delegates, Former chairman of Mercer County Republican Party, Former Vice Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party, Former VP of Sales of manufacturing company, Former retail store owner, Multiple contractors licenses, Former Chairman of the Greater Bluefield Sales Executive Club, Former Trustee, Chair of Pastor Parish Committee Bland Street United Methodist Church.
Campaign Phone (678) 656-8233
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Retired U.S. Army Colonel (Military Police Officer), 34 years of service. Education B.S. Criminal Justice, Wichita State University; MPA Criminal Justice, City University Bellevue, WA; U.S. Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Barracks, PA. Affiliations: NRA Member, Life member Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Life member Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Life member North American Hunting Club, West Virginia Citizens Defense League member, Bluefield Mercer Lodge No 85 Religion Roman Catholic. I am Pro-Business, Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment and I believe in a disciplined education system, by that I mean reduced bureaucracy. I am about common sense.
Address our substandard broadband infrastructure: The recent Coronavirus situation has shown us that broadband is not only essential to our economic infrastructure it is also key to our children’s education moving forward.
First, there needs to be a universal absentee vote option with an expanded online registration. Second, there needs to be a universal early voting option not to exceed two weeks prior to a set election date. Third, I do not believe in mass Mail-In balloting because there is not a precise process to exercise a voting privilege and general Mail-In balloting lacks a process to confirm/validate voters. Fourth, there needs to be a universal secure online voting system with a process like restrictions/requirements to cast an absentee ballot to ensure confirmation/validation of the voter.
Aggressive action to capitalize on the recent removal of regulatory caps on funds that can flow to West Virginia from the Federal Communications Commission for expanded broadband. Ensure that Rural Digital Opportunity Fund projects are completed on a shortened timeline.
From what I see about COVID-19 it seems to be a very contagious virus however the incapacitation and death rate when compared to other diseases or other chronic health issues seems to be lower. While nothing (PPE) is 100% perfect unless someone is in a total biohazard suit, I do believe that masks and continued health sanitary measures are beneficial in reducing the spread of this virus.
Education: Master’s degree in public administration and master’s degree in strategic studies from Army War College. Experience: 1. Director of Protection and Provost Marshal for the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, NC. Responsible for the security of all Army Reserve personnel and equipment and all Army Reserve Military Police equities. Managed Antiterrorism, Physical Security and Protection for over 200,000 Army Reserve Personnel. Managed a budget in excess of $38 million.

2. Chief of Operations for the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, NC. Responsible for current operations of 1,800 Army Reserve units, Continuity of Operations, Counter Drug Operations, Crisis Action Operations, and the Army Reserve Operations Center