Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

House of Delegates District 9

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.



Biographical Information


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?

Born 1977, raised Mason County, WV. Graduated CWRU Cleveland Mechanical Engineering. Worked for Chrysler’s and GM’s vehicle design validation for engine cooling and HVAC, 1999- 2003. Owns and operates family manufacturing business, started 1986, Kimes Steel & Rail a manufacturer of railroad construction materials. Rockport resident, wife Erica and two children, attends Vienna Baptist, enjoys flying and resurrecting old machinery.
Funds should cover gap in budget while cutting spending to counter the long-term budgetary effects of Covid craze. Make whole working families and businesses damaged by an unnecessary and ineffective shutdown. It is a government mandated infringement of constitutional right to freely associate. Its wrong abortion is choice but dismiss right of association. Enough depression, decay, and drugs existed beforehand.
Elections are sufficiently safe and accessible. Citizens need to exert some effort to vote, the future of the Republic shouldn’t be determined by indolent hands. Accomplish in person voting on election day with more technology and fewer workers but should remain a vital tradition. The election calendar certainly needs shortened. Better elections would entail less money and more idea exchange.
Netscape launched in 1994. Spacex with Starlink constellation, launching nearly 100 satellites monthly, will provide low latency affordable broadband worldwide. Over 600 satellites orbiting, and public testing commenced, service availability probably within a year. Twenty-six years after Netscape is not the time for a government bailout of failed monopolistic telecoms using working people’s money. Government slower than rotary phone dialup.
Fatality rate of 0.00017, Covid is least worry for future of failing expensive education system. Stop spending 100 times more on special needs students as on gifted and talented. Rethink education’s goals and help every student achieve their best. Fund schools based on attendance not enrollment. Expand vocational schooling while shrinking irrelevant subjects. Cease war on traditional two parent families.
Pontification from Charleston about job creation is easy. Relocating a 93,000-pound forging hammer, last operated in the 1970’s, and rebuilding it to operate on air not steam is hard. Volume manufacturing a competitive product, to finally create an operator’s job, is much harder. Experience in manufacturing business is the experience Charleston needs if jobs are a priority, not more pontificators.
Graduated from PSHS, 1 year at WVU. I worked as a delivery driver for UPS for 27 years. Retired in 2005. Married, wife Jan, 2 kids, John and Jamie. 2 grandkids, Lauren and Zach. One great grandkid, Chloe. I have lived all my adult life in Wood County and West Virginia. I'm proud to be a Mountaineer!
People out of work first, single parent families, low income families, schools and teachers, and then help small businesses in need.
Vote by mail.
By making more state money available until everybody can get access.
Masks, tracing, taking temperatures, and social distancing- 6 feet, but most importantly let each counties school board decide if and when we have school.
By meeting a lot of people while working I knew some of their needs and issues. I know by experience that I can and I will listen to each and every person.