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House of Delegates District 41

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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?

Graduate of Richwood High in Nicholas County W.V. Retired ( 26 years ) Navy Master Chief. Drove a propane delivery truck while attending Glenville state College. After graduation, I became a substitute school teacher, got my real estate license and attended Mountain State University working for my Masters. In 2000, I began working with persons who have developmental disabilities. Before long, I was the director of operations. I was involved in every aspect of running the operation. This includes hiring, firing, training and evaluating all workers. Making deliveries to customers. Finding new customers. Advertising, billing, and working along side our lawn maintenance people and our cleaning teams.
First, it has to be decided who really needs help. We have a lot of retired people, school teachers and others who's income has not been affected by the pandemic. Then figure out which small businesses could do the most good for the most people, if they were properly funded. Services for the elderly and sickly should be funded and of course, do whatever is possible to ensure the safety of our children returning to school. Our medical facilities should also be given more funding if it is needed.
Absentee voting should be encouraged and if people don't trust the postal system, more drop off spots for ballots should be available. I don't believe in online voting, there are just too many hackers out there.
This would require the Govt. getting involved. After deciding on the best providers, not the cheapest, we could devise a plan to improve our broadband services. Households with school age children should be provided for free, or at a reduced cost.
Education. The students and parents must buy into the idea of using masks and social distancing. We also need to upgrade our ventilation systems in classrooms and on buses. Everyone in a position of authority has to be an example and every parent has to be on board. I have not figured out how to do that. As far as I'm concerned, parents are the biggest obstacles teachers have.
I have 26 years in the military and at one time was responsible for the well being of around 800 sailors. I raised 2 sons, have coached little league in baseball and basketball. I do a lot of volunteer work in the community. I have an AA from St. Leos, a BA from Glenville State and a MS from Mountain State University. I have driven truck, been a substitute school teacher, tried to sell mobile homes and real estate, then ended up as the Director of Operations at a Community Rehabilitation Center for persons with developmental disabilities, where we had around 70 employees and well over a hundred customers. I try not to make snap decisions and like to hear all sides of a preposition before making a decision.
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