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House of Delegates District 67

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    JOHN DOYLE
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    ELLIOT SIMON
    (Rep)

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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 Phone (304) 591-8610
Campaign Email simonfordelegate@aol.com
My wife and I moved to Jefferson County from Maryland in January of 2002. We’ve been married for 23 years and for the last 18 of those wonderful years we’ve been in the same house up on the mountain outside of Harpers Ferry. I’m the treasurer of our HOA and have been for 16 years. It’s a job no one wants to do - so naturally I’m the one to do it. Thankfully, my wife doesn’t mind pitching in. I also serve as Chairman of the Board of the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency. It’s an honor to be part of an organization comprised of local heroes - our first responders - and I also serve on the Board of Governors of the Eastern Panhandle Business Association.
The funds should be used to help small businesses that were forced to close in the early days of the pandemic provided that they qualify. This can be done in the form of forgivable loans or low interest loans and it should be available only to the small businesses that would be forced to close otherwise. Another priority is to improve the local infrastructure. This includes roads and utilities, including internet and natural gas infrastructure. We should also ensure that pension programs are properly funded.
Our current election laws already provide for safe and accessible voting. I wouldn't propose any changes.
We need to study the reasons that the companies that provide these services elsewhere are not willing to make the investment to build these networks here. The technology exists to provide these services and make them scalable. We need to work with stakeholders to find the solutions.
We can look to the models that have already succeeded regarding the coronavirus. Sweden has successfully dealt with the pandemic without lock-downs and they are now reaping the benefits, South Korea also. In both places, schools are open and they are finding that children are the lowest risk group.
West Virginia has a part time citizen's legislature, meaning that ordinary citizens are deemed qualified to represent their peers in the state government. I don't pretend to be any better or smarter than my neighbors in the district. Having a knowledge of history helps, I suppose, but it isn't necessary. The important things that a legislator must have are: common sense, a good work ethic, a well grounded belief system and the ability to listen and learn. I believe that government needs to get out of the way and let people live their lives as they see fit. Making government more powerful invites corruption.