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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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Past: Jefferson County Magistrate; President WV Magistrates Association; Member and President Jefferson County Board of Education; President WV School Boards Association; Chair WV Professional Teaching Standards Commission Present: Sheriff and Treasurer Jefferson County; President WV Association of County Officials; Member Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention. Board Member WV Sheriffs Association; Member, Treasurer Jefferson Criminal Justice Board; Member Jefferson-Berkeley Substance Use Alliance; Trustee Asbury United Methodist Church, Vice-Chair National Coalition for Homeless Veteran, Member Past President Charles Town Kiwanis; Member Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Married; 3 children.
First priority must be to ensure that there is an abundant supply of personal protective equipment for medical staff, 1st responders, and those that must be out serving the public, Additional test should be offered to the public with faster results. Funds then should be used to assist those who have lost their employment to do what can be done to make sure they are adequately housed, fed and healthy.
In the current environment I believe it would have been better to make voting easier by mailing out absentee ballot applications, provide dedicated drop off boxes; extending the times persons could early vote and allowing that to occur in more than one location. The effort should be to make it as easy and non-health threatening to get voters to vote. Unfortunately it seems the main focus has been to vote on Election Day which at this point seems like it will occur with greater health risks.
In my opinion increasing access and availability to broadband is the most critical economic issue facing West Virginia. The economic engine of the extraction industries and coal fired plants are destined to be our past. The natural beauty, mostly small town and rural living. with lots of recreational activities hard working people that live in a state that has a very low crime rate makes us an ideal location to live and work. In my opinion this is vital and critical particularly true in the post-COVID-19 world. The current pandemic will likely bring many to look to West Virginia and particularly to the Eastern Panhandle as a place to live and work. That can happen but only will happen with significant broadband.
There is a huge need in my estimation to have students return safely to school, The key is "safely." Having talked to dozens of school employees there is great concern that students are not tested and may be a huge spreader putting students with underlying health issues as well as faculty and staff. The plan to open should have included adequate safety including working ventilation systems, in-person instruction with adequate distancing and well thought-out plans especially for younger child to be appropriately distanced or to make have additional protections to make sure all including the thousands of grandparents and other elderly family and friends that may be exposed are safe from inadvertent virus spread.
I worked on the legislative staff at the Federal level for 11 years, including 5 years as a professional staff member to both the US House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs. I was a lead staffer on securing Veterans the ability to maintain an affordable housing loan program, and on creating programs that have helped hundreds of thousands of homeless Veterans to access health care, benefits, housing from a variety of governmental as well as community and faith-based services. This effort helped thousands of veterans and family members to re-connect with their families, get needed health care services; get employed and life productive lives. I have testified 20 plus times before Congress and WV legislature.
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