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  • PATRICIA "PATCH" ADAMS
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    KEN REED
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    ROBERT E. SMITH
    (MTN)

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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Campaign Email kenreed59th@gmail.com
Raised in the Northern Panhandle of WV, Ken attended Colliers Elementary, Follansbee Middle School, and Brooke High School.

​After graduating from Brooke High School in 1986, Ken attended the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and obtained his degree in 1992. That same year he started his career as a pharmacist. He met his Wife, Tally, in pharmacy school and married her in 1993. They have four children. Ken began his career working as a pharmacist in a chain pharmacy and then in 1998 opened up his first Reeds Pharmacy in Morgan County, WV.

​In 2000, Ken opened his first pharmacy in Berkeley County. The Hedgesville location was soon followed by a second pharmacy in Spring Mills. He and his wife currently own and operate
We are in uncharted water in regards to COVID-19, and as a county commissioner we have grappled with this exact question. Priority should be given to our first responders and then used to shore up the economic impact this disease has had on our communities.
The WVSOS has adjusted to this pandemic by allowing anyone who chooses to vote absentee to do so. I agree with this pro-active move that lets voters decide.
Broadband has been an issue for years in West Virginia due to our topography. As a commissioner we have put together a broadband report specifically for our county on the best way to increase these services. We have rented out our county towers to line of sight providers to increase the range of broadband to our citizens.
While different areas are doing different things, I believe a set of best practices will emerge, and the Boards of Education which make these types of decisions will do what is best. Most likely a combination of virtual and in person learning.
Membership and boards: Eastern Panhandle Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Pharmacist Association, Epic Pharmacy Network, Workforce West Virginia Region 5, Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Region 7, Travel Berkeley Springs, Morgan County Planning Commission, past Morgan County Economic Development Authority, past Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority experience, Morgan County commissioner, CEO of Reeds Pharmacy, CEO of Canary Grill, VP of EPIC Pharmacies Inc., President of West Virginia Pharmacist Association, Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development executive committee, CEO of Reeds Real Estate, CEO of Pharm Investments and past candidate for U.S. Congress, 2nd Congressional District.
Campaign Phone (304) 707-2824
Campaign Email robertesmith@usa.com
I have lived in the Potomac region for most of my life. I currently reside just beyond the town limits of Hedgesville in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

I am self-employed as a communications specialist. I graduated from Allegany College with an A.S. in political science and am currently wrapping up my B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governor's University.

If elected, I will serve independent of the major parties, aiming to bring about much needed compromise to the issues challenging working families.
First and foremost these funds need to be utilized to cover the unexpected costs of this pandemic, including relief for small businesses. There is a push by some to use this one time funding source to spend it on broadband and other projects. We can afford to finance broadband installation without siphoning funding needed immediately to repair the economic damage caused by COVID-19.
As it has now effectively been piloted for 2020, absentee voting should be permanently available as an option for all voters in future elections. I support increasing the number of early voting locations. We should make election day a state holiday, and lobby the federal government to make it a national holiday.

I support utilizing paper-ballots and receipts. I support electoral reforms such as ranked choice voting to assure winning candidates truly have majority support.
Failure to establish access to high-speed broadband in every corner of the state has not only limited the educational opportunities of many students, but it is another reason why young people are leaving the state. The state of West Virginia could feasibly and inexpensively establish a public broadband system utilizing the latest generation of (low earth orbit) satellite technology, to provide internet access to every West Virginian. Moving forward, we need to install fiber optic lines to every home and business connected to the power grid. This could be overseen by public, municipal broadband authorities. This has been proven to be the efficient, low-cost solution to broadband for the common good, as seen in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
We should have contingency plans for epidemic or pandemic scenarios, in which school schedules, attendance requirements, and even the curriculum can be easily adjusted on a temporary basis. Social distancing and PPE can easily be implemented at the secondary level, but at the elementary level this comes with a greater challenge to enforce. Students could attend school in shifts or even alternating days.

To better address the issue of equal access, we must assure every household has access to broadband.

We also need to end homelessness and address the root causes of poverty. In West Virginia, nearly 10,000 students every year experience homelessness.
I have experience authoring and advocating for legislation as a citizen, across party lines. The three keys to being an effective lawmaker are listening to constituents, articulating their concerns into positive life-changing policy, and then advocating for these proposals on behalf of the people.