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  • MOORE  CAPITO
    (Rep)

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    KATHY FERGUSON
    (Dem)

  • TREVOR MORRIS
    (Rep)

  • LARRY PACK
    (Rep)

  • DOUGLAS SKAFF JR
    (Dem)

  • CHRIS STANSBURY
    (Rep)

  • RUSTY WILLIAMS
    (Dem)

  • KAYLA YOUNG
    (Dem)

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?

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A self described community activist, Kathy has demonstrated a clear commitment to helping those who are in most need and giving voice to those who are disenfranchised. She is an agent for change and a believer in Social Justice and Equality for all, dedicating both her professional and personal time towards this end. Kathy has over 25 years of Social Service work experience in the Criminal Justice based setting working with both the victimized and offenders. As a crime victim specialist she developed an expertise in gender based violence. As your delegate she will use the sum total of her experiences to advance various justice and rights related causes and explore pathways to build a safer, healthier, more socio-economically sound WV.
I strongly believe that a good portion of the CARES Act monies should go directly to the people who are struggling to make ends meet and generally survive the fallout from COVID-19. My first priority would be to provide financial assistance to families that are experiencing hardship paying their rents, mortgages, and utilities. I would expand this further by supporting community food programs. There should be specific financial allotments for families that are unable to go back to work due to having to supervise home schooling. Monies should be funneled to education towards providing resources and implementing safeguards necessary to resume in-person classes. Additionally, monies should go to direct virus related healthcare issues.
I support the following: Allow people to register on election day; Allow seniors to become permanently registered as absentee; Extend voter participation to those on probation; Stop the purging of living voters in WV from the rolls (lifetime registration); Automatic voter registration; Establishing a voting 'holiday'; and Increasing early voting sites.
I think that broadband should be seen as a utility and West Virginia should do everything in its power to ensure that there is access statewide. I feel strongly that states like WV should be leading the charge for Universal Service Obligation, (USO). The state has everything to gain by closing the digital divide and ensuring all have access to this service. Conversations of late have turned to global economics and competition but we lose our competitive edge and our access is restricted without this basic infrastructure. Whether or not we go the route of USO's, WV needs to have a real taskforce that is serious in its commitment to expanding service in the state, and engaging in purposeful conversations with telecommunication agencies.
We should be following the science. Though we are dealing with an unknown and there are different scientific thoughts about Covid-19, what isn't debatable are the deaths of roughly 200,000 Americans, and the fact that the U.S. makes up nearly 25% of the worlds coronavirus cases. I support on-line schooling first. Limited in-person instruction next. I suggest a specially funded joint taskforce program between DHHR, Bd. of Ed. and WVSSP to assist with the safe delivery of lessons, monitoring of instruction, and evaluation of learning for students who are unable to access the internet, those who aren't keeping up, and those 'at risk', similar to a Visiting Nurses program. Give schools the necessary PPE's, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.
Having been an advocate for individuals and communities in some of the largest jurisdictions on the east coast, I am well positioned to be a delegate. I work in a way that people are self determinate in making choices about the things that affect them, while I only seek to represent their interests. The sum total of my experiences allows me to see things through a unique set of lenses that many don't have. I believe that's part of WV's problem; leadership that's myopic and short sighted. I understand rural, urban, and suburban culture. I understand the value of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance and how it can add to the cultural fabric of WV. I am open to what's possible. I'll look prospectively for solutions. I will fight for all.
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