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State Senate District 3

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  • DONNA J BOLEY
    (Rep)

  • ROBERT "ROBIN" WILSON JR.
    (Dem)

  • TRAVIS SHULTZ
    (Lib)

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?

Sistersville High School; WVU-P, Honorary degree, Thirty-five years and 5 months as a member of the West Virginia State Senate serving on a variety of Standing committees and interim committees as Well as Senate Minority Leader for 6 years and West Virginia Senate Pro Tem for the last six years, Standing in for President Mitch Carmichael.
I have reviewed Governor Justice’s CARES Act funding and Probably would follow that. He has worked on this for several Months and knows the agencies and departments that need The money. Work with the counties as he is doing to get their Requests for reimbursements itemized, etc.
I would trust Secretary of State Mac Warner to make any Recommendations. I am not a fan of voting by mail but in This instance of COVID 21 I believe in the primary election This worked but would not want it for all elections.
Take advantage and make it a top priority to work with the Federal Government to expand broadband with the dollars They are providing so all students will have safe and secure Service wherever they might live.
Governor Justice and the DHHR Secretary, along with the WV National Guard has set up a system of risk. It is important To maintain a safe school system as well as making sure our Students are getting back in the classroom with their teachers.
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I graduated from Glenville State in 1988 with a degree in Biology and Social Studies Education. I’ve been a teacher and social worker for at-risk youth, worked on safe climate education and organizing, helped start small businesses, grown lots of vegetables, and installed our solar power. I feel blessed living with our good neighbors and beautiful hills. https://wilson4senate2020.weebly.com/
Priority for CARES ACT funds should go first to families in danger of being homeless or hungry because of eviction, unemployment or mortgage foreclosure. Second, to local agencies like our Helping Hand food pantry and small local businesses and nonprofits like our local Family Health Care. Often the politically powerful receive the funding which would not my priority.
Enact policy to enforce one person one vote. End political corruption by limiting campaign contributions by big corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals. To make our democracy work better make the general election day a holiday, extend right to vote by mail, use paper ballots and allow ranked choice voting where your second choice counts if no candidate gets over 50%.
Net Equality so every West Virginian has access to high speed internet should be created with public utilities and cooperatives. Everyone supports universal broadband. Profits will not drive this expanded service. A progressive tax where those making over $ 150,000 per year pay a higher tax rate is needed. Our students, businesses and average citizens need this service.
The tragedy of this pandemic can be used for good by expanding those involved with education. Local parents, neighbors, seniors and workers could have training to help them become better teachers for our students. In return students should be expected to help solve community problems. Working in smaller groups with masks, social distancing, temperature checks and periotic testing provides safety.
My science education, research and personal experience with solar power and an electric car helps me work for policies for a safer climate future. Growing over half my own food gives me ideas for policies that would build on the past strengths of West Virginians’ history. My Quaker values of simplicity, cooperation and sharing can be translated into better legislation.
Born: Parkersburg; Raised: Pleasant County; Owner of Wherewithal Resources, LLC and work part-time as a Lumber Associate at Home Depot. Husband, and father of four wonderful children, who are attending public school. Previously ran as an Independent in 2004. I still believe power unopposed continues to grow and to corrupt. www.shultz4senate.com or search ‘Shultz 4 Senate’ on Facebook.
1st Would cover medical needs. (Hospitalization, testing, nursing homes) 2nd Would cover education. The children and teachers need a safe and productive environment. 3rd Would help small to medium WV based businesses, to avoid bankruptcy. 4th The remaining funds belong to you and not Charleston, because excessive taxation is legalized robbery.
With a system in place to help prevent fraud, I feel mail-in voting would improve accessibility. Additional measures can be taken at our poll locations to help provide safer service. Smartphone and online voting present too many cybersecurity issues and could be easily compromised if blockchain technology was not utilized. As for low voter turn-out, that is a different problem.
Best thing bureaucrats can do is, get out of the way. Government managed regulation has held back competition and modernization. Handouts to Frontier, Armstrong and Suddenlink will not fix anything. New upcoming technology has already solved this problem with SpaceX’s Starlink and their competition. Well, that is if the government does not show up to ‘help’ out.
We must provide resources and flexibility for our local county BOEs and Superintendents to provide the best education they can at this difficult time. What works in Wirt may not work in Wood. Just like the needs in every state are different from one another. It is much easier fixing a situation at home versus going to Charleston.
At age 84 our current incumbent has more experience. We both share many of the same conservative views when it comes to low taxes, fixing excessive regulation, improving education, infrastructure, second amendment and so many more. It is my passion and desire to bring these issues forward like no other. My experience has shown me to follow the Golden Rule.