Current Answers

Do you support the Seven Policies to Strengthen West Virginia Families platform?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Working people should have collective control over their work environments. ALL workers--regardless of industry--should have the opportunity to Unionize and fight for increased wages and benefits. After all, workers are the wealth creators! NOT employers!
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I think we should also raise the severance tax
JOHN DOYLE I don't know - I support most of these ideas.
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would be happy to co-sponsor all of the items listed below.
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - An excellent set of priorities. I whole heartedly support the platform!
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - But hurts the one who get $16.00 now because the will not get a raise. when you make owners of small business raise the pay they have to up the cost of what they sale to be able to pay them the wages. it a double edge sword. It has to be done so it does not bring every one down to bring some up to fast.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I’m an everyday single working parent of 2 disabled sons. I have worked 3 jobs to support my family. It’s very difficult when healthcare, paid time off, and a livable wage is not an option. I will support working people of West Virginia.
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I do support your seven principals. Families and children thrived after Roosevelt’s New Deal. The only problem with the post WWII period of prosperity was that not everyone was included due to bigotry. Some races and ethnic groups were held back by social bias and government policy that reflected this bias. I will work to bring prosperity to all.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - I believe the strength of our great country is in the prosperity of its people and this supports their improvement and prosperity!
LARRY L . ROWE I don't know - These important policy changes are needed in some form but it is difficult to lump them all together. Yes, I support most of the government programs for the earned income tax credit,affordable health care and child care and stepped in increases in minimum wages. But the special requirements on employers for tip income as I understand it, and sick leave and personal leave and special scheduling where the workforce is small can create substantial costs and bookkeeping requirements. These could be great burdens on small employers with fewer than 10 to 15 employees. I can say I favor all seven points generally but I see the requirements on very small employers as difficult and deserving tailored exceptions.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I support a few of the ideas in the seven policies platform, such as the Earned Imcome Tax Credit and the Fair Work Week Standard but many I do not support.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes - The impact to the small and medium size businesses of WV who employ 50% of our people needs to be a consideration. A lot of these businesses in the border counties have to compete with businesses from other states. If those other states don't have the same wage requirements, our own WV businesses may not be able to economically compete which could cost WVians their jobs. It's my preference that increases to the minimum wage be driven at by our Federal legislators to ensure a level playing field for WV businesses that have to compete with border states.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - I firmly believe in all parts of the Seven Policies Platform. I want to say up front, that I may be hesitant to "Sponsor" since I am new. However, please know that I am very willing to speak in favor of all that this questionnaire represents. This questionnaire covers what I am passionate about curing. I am also open to listen to anyone wanting to have input into all of these issues. The more brains and common sense, the better.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I find these to be the tenants of striving for not only "jobs" (which seems to be the popular rhetoric in politics right now), but achieving true quality of life for our communities. That's what I'm after-- a little BETTER for my community and state.
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Yes - I do feel I need more information on some policies, I feel I could support all policies.
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know - For the most part I support this platform but I think there will need to be some analysis of the impacts on small businesses with regard to paid family leave.
SAM BROWN I don't know - I support the majority of these principles. In regards to the raising of the minimum wage, I would argue we must have sustainable revenue estimates and a bolstered economy before attempting this. While this wage is an admirable goal, there is a lot of work to be done prior to implementing this.
CARLOS WALKER No - These principles, though we'll intended, are and expansion of government. Government is mob rule by way of force violence and coercion.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - We need a New “New Deal” in WV (and USA) that helps people move up the economic ladder, live with medical safety and financial security, and find fulfillment and purpose while rebuilding our countries crumbling infrastructure and reviving our communities.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Shervin Assari of the University of Michigan recently wrote an article entitled, Why poverty is not a personal choice, but a reflection of society. He states, "As someone who studies poverty solutions and social and health inequalities, I am convinced by the academic literature that the biggest reason for poverty is how a society is structured. Without structural changes, it may be very difficult if not impossible to eliminate disparities and poverty." One such structural issue is low wages requiring workers to receive assistance such as Medicaid and SNAP while their employers reap the profits. Tip staff are particularly vulnerable to this with significantly lower wages expected to equaled by customer tips. This practice was started to keep slaves from earning equal wages and significantly oppresses the poor and minorities. Will you support a fair living wage of $15 for all West Virginians including tip staff and support other efforts which begin to eliminate structural disparities causing poverty?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - All healthcare should be single payer, therefore eliminating the need altogether for low-income Medicaid. BUT--in the interim--while we fight for that ultimate goal, I would support this legislation. Poverty is violence. Pollution is violence. And they both stem from a system that has been designed to benefit the already wealthy and powerful. We must work to implement an entire new system, where the working class controls their own destiny. Reform is no longer a viable option. We must create something new altogether.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS I don't know - I have spoken to a lot of tip workers opposed to this, I would have to hear both sides.
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE No - I think the minimum wage should be $10 per hour statewide immediately & slightly higher ($11-$12) in the Eastern Panhandle immediately. I'm still not sold on having the same minimum wage for tip staff.
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I absolutely support a $15 minimum wage, and I think that 2025 is a cautious and realistic deadline. I think it may even be better to implement that a bit more rapidly, maybe over 3 or 4 years instead of 7, depending on how the economy progresses.
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - there is a lot of people that make more than $15.00 a hour with there tips. It depends on where they work. you will hurt some and help some.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - A livable wage is desired by everyone educators, retirees, state employees, and tip staff. It’s time we encourage people by increasing their wages; so, they may be independent of state funded resources such as SNAP and Medicaid.
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes - I would like to see the state support small business through a this process to prevent it becoming an business-closing expense.
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I strongly support a living wage for all West Virginians. This is one of the reasons I decided to run for House of Delegates. I believe that in the very least every worker should receive a living wage that allows their families to pay taxes, invest in their communities, and provide a home where children can thrive. If possible, families should also make enough so they can buy goods and services and spur the economy.
EVAN HANSEN I don't know - I support a fair living wage but the exact dollar amount is to be determined.
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes, I like the idea of a working wage for our blue collar workers.
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - Yes, the increases need to be in steps with some consideration of high regular tip income, or there will be substantial unemployment in a number of areas.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I do not believe in increasing the minimum wage however I would be for annulling tips and giving tip staff an actual wage.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would also support a mechanism to permanently adjust wages for inflation
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes - Relying on tips to supplement income is inherently unequal. The amount of tips varies according to the type of venue.
DIANA MAGNONE Yes - Up-to-date transparency and metrics for corporate tax credits & incentives are on my platform. We currently have no metrics and credits/incentives are updated every five years. We have no means of conducting a fact-based analysis of how employers receiving these monies can be directly related to their employees having to rely on public assistance. This is a huge gap in quantifying this impact to our state's economy. I do support changing the pay structure of tipped staff.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - I agree that our minimum wage must be $15 /hour. My goal is to eliminate anyone who works from needing government assistance. Employers can afford to pay them enough in order to prevent this happening. This is evident in the annual amount given to the top dogs in their corporations.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes - I wholeheartedly support efforts to bring minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 for most employees. There truly is no excuse for the likes of Walmart and Amazon to be paying less than this wage right now. Taxpayers are forced to subsidize their workers' wages and benefits, in the form of SNAP benefits and health insurance, which is wrong. I do have concerns regarding implementing this policy on employers of small, mom-n-pop businesses. So many small business owners struggle to make ends meet and there are many out there right now that are struggling to even pay themselves at the end of the month. In many of these cases, the employees of these businesses are retirees or high school students that are just looking to make a few extra bucks. Implementing this wage for those employees would make it that much harder for small business owners to survive, let alone thrive. I don't think we can implement a $15 minimum wage across the board without doing serious harm to small business owners. I worked in a restaurant in college so I know all about businesses relying solely on the tips of customers to pay their "tip staff." This practice must stop.
RICHARD LINDSAY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - Endorsed by SEIU, and in the past we've collaborated on field campaigns around Fight for 15.
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Yes - I do feel changing the minimum wage to $15 might have to be done in a couple of steps, it needs to be done. I am aware that many people, such as servers do not make minimum wage due to tips, most of the general public does not realize that. All workers deserve a fair living wage.
TERRELL ELLIS Yes - I believe this will need to be phased in over a number of years, and again, I would like to see the impact on small businesses that may not be able to pass the increased labor costs on to their customers.
SAM BROWN I don't know - I support a fair living wage but the exact dollar amount should be based upon economic factors, not necessarily a set pre-determined number.
CARLOS WALKER No - A fair or living wage is a complete myth. I do not support wages being determined by any government. Wage controls increase inflation, increase poverty and price low and unskilled workers out of the market. Wages and labor value should only be determined by the free market. Those who support any government wage controls should study basic economics.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - While I understand that businesses need to be profitable, I also understand that being poor doesn’t allow people to contribute to those very businesses that they work for. Increasing wages allows for more commerce to happen and our current model preferred by corporations like Wal-Mary and Amazon (some of the richest in the world) is only a step away from indentured servitude. Models like Costco, which provides fair pay, good healthcare, and low turnover rate should be prioritized. These mega-corporations would have nothing if it wasn’t for the people who worked for them. They need us more than we need their toxic business practices.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Black Lung cases are on the rise, but federal benefits are often out-of-reach for West Virginia's coal miners because of red tape and inefficiency. In 2018, SB 527 was introduced to provide a Black Lung pension to West Virginia miners. Will you support the SB 527 Black Lung bill?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes - My Papaw suffered from Black Lung and was one of the last people to receive this benefit after retiring from the mines. Had that not been in place, I don't know what kind of financial burden my Mamaw would have had to face alone, as my Papaw ended up passing away from lung cancer caused by Black Lung.
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - West Virginia Miners work in dangerous environments. Many of the coal companies go bankrupt and Miners’ pensions are lost because the courts require all debts be paid before pension benefits. These pension plans should be protected and/or a Black Lung pension provided.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - I support a living wage for or blue collar workers!
LARRY L . ROWE I don't know - SB 527 would create a new special monthly disability pension only for coal miners who have any level of disability from a lung condition. It would be costly, and increase the costs of mining while the industry is in a very steep decline. This would be a great help to retired miners and their families but it may limit employment for working miners and their families. This needs further review as to cost, standards of disability, and who pays. Its credit to state income taxes is valuable and should be studied for a number of deserving older citizens in retirement.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would vote for this bill however I would like to see coal companies near the financial costs as they are the ones who have caused this disease.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - There is no excuse for this to be happening. All miners who have black lung should be receiving benefits. The system must be changed to prevent this from occurring.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - I would absolutely support SB 527.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE I don't know -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - Again, I feel this is a standard of better workplace practices that ensure not only employment, but quality of life for working families.
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes! Too many people think black lung is a thing from the past but that is not true. we need care for active miners as well as retired miners.
TERRELL ELLIS Yes - While I do support this, I will need to see the fiscal impact.
SAM BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CARLOS WALKER I don't know -
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - This issue is another symptom of corpatist meddling in the earned pensions of the miners that made the corporations rich. Profit over people is a seriously sick approach for any society. We have to provide care for the people that are impacted by extraction industry jobs (and any job thatbharms their health for someone else’s profiting).
RON STOLLINGS Sponsor and Vote Yes - as I did last year and I have requested that the Joint committee on health have this as a presentation prior to the next session
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

In recent years there have been numerous surveys, studies and anecdotal evidence indicating that girls in West Virginia are missing school due to lack of access to menstrual products. The added monthly expense of these products can put access to basic hygiene needs out of reach for low-income women and girls. Planned Parenthood is leading a coalition effort to advocate for legislation that would make period products such as tampons, pads, napkins, and similar items to be available free of charge in schools, public restrooms, and correctional facilities. Will you support legislation to increase access to menstrual products for West Virginians?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Absolutely, yes.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes - I didn't know that was a problem. But how would keep control of inventory some people taking them all and some not getting any. I could see them being put in a machine that charges a quarters for each one and give each girl 8 quarters (or what ever amount they might need) each month or have a female teacher in charge of it. That can be worked out.
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - Many female students miss days of schools because they don’t have access to female products. This may decrease truancy throughout the state. Women in correctional facilities should not get a limited supply of products. Accessibility would lessen the burden to many low income families.
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes - As a teacher at a Title I school, I have seen firsthand how much students need this service in schools.
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I believe that one of the reasons our children are not achieving in schools is due to a lack of instructional time. While on the Board of Education in Cabell County, I told students who had truancy issues that they could be a genius, but if they miss the lesson, they will not gain the knowledge, and they will fail.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - Basic needs for even the poorest amongst us!
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - Yes. We should feed all students regularly during the day and provide summer food programs for needy students and for all students who are in studies. Health care essentials should also be provided discretely to needy students year round.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes - I would vote yes only for those who are still in school.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I support removing the sales tax and increasing access to personal hygiene products for boys, girl, men, and women. These items are necessary for health.
SANDY SHAW Yes - So necessary in the schools! Teachers spend so much of their own money to stock these in their classrooms for their female students.
JOHN WILLIAMS Sponsor and Vote Yes - I sponsored one of these bills last year.
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - As a former public school employee I am very familiar with this and more.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes - I was the lead sponsor last year and I have already committed to reintroduce the legislation in 2019.
ANDREW EVANS Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - I work in public education, and I see students every day that struggle without access to these products. The schools try to provide them when possible, but it would be much easier to provide the products if funding was provided.
ED LARRY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE No -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - To take this a step further: the costs of these products are exceedingly high (and taxed). Though they are necessary for women, cost barrier is a real thing, and those living under the poverty line (or are displaced/homeless) will not get the products they need because they are faced with decisions such as eating that day, or tending to their health. This speaks to a larger commentary about oppressive societal norms in general, but truly highlights the need to face a culturally dismissive stance towards women's health.
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes - Marshall County, through our FRN, provides these products in our schools already through our Closet of Hope. We understand the importance of increasing access to help girls stay in school.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes! Yes! Yes! No explanation necessary. When I taught school, I always purchased menstrual products to have available in my classroom.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAM BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CARLOS WALKER No -
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Public health is crucial to the productivity of society. Providing menstruo products to girls who can’t afford them is the least we can do to help them live healthier and more productive lives.
RON STOLLINGS Sponsor and Vote Yes - as I did last year
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Would you vote yes on a bill requiring West Virginia state oil and gas inspectors hired after July 1, 2018 to have a 4-year degree in Environmental Science or an equivalent degree field?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - We must hold the extraction industries accountable for ANY and all environmental infractions!
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II No - Would I pass a bill where they had to have an environmentalist on the project yes I would. But there is welding inspectors, electrical inspectors, general inspectors, building inspectors, and some times bridge inspectors on these sights. You can't say all inspectors have to have a environmental degree.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - DEP inspectors only need 2 years of experience which is alarming due to the waste and pollution in the waterways and in the air. Accountability will keep our families safer.
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON I don't know - I would more information and the exact requirements and implementation of this before agreeing to vote for it.
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - Often to save a buck, oil and gas companies will skimp on safety equipment and construction materials. West Virginia inspectors should be able to catch the use of low quality materials, equipment, and technology. Thus, the inspectors need to be knowledgeable in Environmental Science. In recent years, our State experience several avoidable oil and gas accidents.
EVAN HANSEN No - I believe West Virginia needs more well-trained oil and gas inspectors with relevant educational backgrounds. But this degree requirement may be too restrictive.
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - Knowledge leads to an understanding of the affects on the environment and supports active enforcement of laws already on the books!
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - Yes generally but it may be difficult to find enough qualified inspectors with these narrow qualifications. The qualifications should be used but perhaps not required especially for inspectors who by experience may otherwise be qualified.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE I don't know -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I see this as being more of a way to force more people to go to college for a job where on the job training would be sufficient. If we’re to support a change it would be for longer on the job training periods for these inspectors as well as more oversight of oil and gas wells.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY I don't know - I need to learn more about this; to the extent that an adequate number of applicants with the necessary degrees are available to fill the positions to meet the needs, I would support.
SHAWN FLUHARTY I don't know -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes - A degree isn't enough. WV needs these inspectors to be certified by institutions like the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Currently, we have no certification requirements to evaluate impact to our clay structure and underground water resources.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - We need educated people checking any and all systems that have the potential to negatively effect our environment, especially our water.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE I don't know - I’m not exactly sure of what inspectors you are referring to. We have a number of members out of my local union that are inspectors on the natural gas lines that have no degree but a certification through our local union.
BOB BEACH Yes - Yes I would support the bill, however I caution you that you may be restricting our ability to fill these positions. It might be easier to work from a two year level. WV as in seen within the DOH looses professionals to the private sector all the time, due to our salary schedule. Again it might be easier to work with Northern CC or Pierpont Community College to create the curriculum needed for the program.
ANDREW EVANS Yes - I think it is important for me to highlight that I would also support a degree in an equivalent field. This industry is on the verge of being huge in West Virginia and it is imperative that we have the best and the brightest looking out for our water quality and to minimize the environmental impact of the oil and gas industry.
RICHARD LINDSAY I don't know -
SARAH DUNCAN I don't know - I could possibly support this, but I would want to see more information/bill language. For example, would an Master's Degree in Environmental Science be sufficient? What equivalent fields would be acceptable?
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE I don't know -
SAMMI BROWN Yes - Furthermore, I would like to champion Debt Free College as a path to achieving the education necessary for responsible practice.
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes - Living in the heart of the oil and gas boom, I have seen the devastation caused by explosions and accidents. Competency of the inspectors in this field should be a priority.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I agree with this but do have concerns that not enough qualified people would be available.
TERRELL ELLIS No - I think the education requirement may be too restrictive.
SAM BROWN No - This policy would be too restrictive and doesn't take into account equivalent work experience.
CARLOS WALKER No -
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Absolutely. The “revolving door” in industry and politics is a major pillar in the public’s distrust of our government. Short-term profits should never replace long-term effects to communities, waterways, and our land.
RON STOLLINGS I don't know -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Over the past 15 years, the West Virginia legislature has passed legislation that gives corporations more than $450 million in corporate tax relieve each year. That's more than twice the cost of paying for every qualified student to receive an apprenticeship, 2-year degree or certification, or 4-year degree. With tuition raising, will you advocate for tuition-free apprenticeships, 2-year, and 4-year post-secondary education to keep WV leaders in state and working?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes, and the removal of corporate tax breaks as well as the implementation of higher severance taxes on all extracted fossil fuels and timber.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE No - I support free tuition for the first two years of college, whether it's a 2-year or 4-year institution, and for two years of apprenticeship. I have already publicly advocated this.
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Sponsor and Vote Yes - We need to think about rolling back some of those tax breaks that were supposed to create jobs but didn't.
JOE CANESTRARO Sponsor and Vote Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - I don't know what the reasons for the tax relief they have been giving these company's. has it been to get them to come in the state, keep them from going into bankruptcy or other reasons. I would have to do research on the reasons. Do we need lower cost on collages and university yes we do. The State is even having trouble getting help.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes. We must subsidize this.
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - A high school diploma in today’s world just does not provide adequate education for students to receive a job that pays them enough to prosper. It is time for us to offer additional free education. West Virginia has, since our public education system was founded in 1863, added years of free education to adjust to the ever increasing body of knowledge individuals need to succeed. It is time to do it again.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - I like this approach to filling in state needs for trained applicants
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I sponsored a bill to provide advanced placement credits for career center programs and community college certificates and degrees. This is very important and a "game changer" in West Virginia public schools. It should be TOP PRIORITY.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - If you want the cost of tuition to go down then make the government stop subsidizing college education.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY I don't know - It's very important that apprenticeships, job training and college tuition be within the financial reach of all West Virginia students without loading this young adults down with lifelong debt. I would need to study the impact of tuition-free education. I believe there are families who can and should pay something.
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes - Once we have quantitative data for the true cost of our corporate tax relief, most of which comes from backroom deals, we will know what we're dealing with. The primary reason our educated citizens are leaving WV is because of lack of economic opportunity for people without on-the-job experience. I would like to help implement partnership agreements with our state's employer base to provide internships and co-ops in exchange for tuition assistance and a job upon degree/certification completion. This is not only how we can address the out migration of our people, but also attract new businesses with a ready workforce, increase our payroll tax revenue stream, and address solutions for the economic sink hole of student debt.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - We must have incentives!
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes - Yes I would support this initiative, but strongly suggest you begin with a study first.
ANDREW EVANS Yes - I believe the best route for our state is to begin with tuition-free two year programs, with the eventual goal of moving towards tuition-free four year post-secondary education.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - Tuiton cost increases and ridiculous student loan rates have made post-secondary education out of reach for many students. WV already has the PROMISE Scholarship program in place, so expanding this program to include multiple forms of post-secondary education and converting the scholarship into more of a recoverable grant program that is forgiven upon a set time of work in West Virginia may be a good solution. This will address the rising costs of post-secondary education and encourage WV students to remain in-state and use this education to work in West Virginia.
ED LARRY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - This currently lives in my platform, and I will adamantly fight for this in Legislature. Our greatest export in this state has become our Talent. If they're getting educating in state, they're forced to leave to pay off debt. Some have acquired insurmountable debt, and aren't permitted to complete their education as a result. This is inherently unacceptable to me.
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - Tuition is going up every year because the State is reducing the funding to higher education. This has to stop. We cannot continue to put more of the cost on the back of the students and expect the number of WV students going to college to go up or at least stay the same. Funding for all levels of education must go up if we expect improvement in the state.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes - I believe that we should prioritize apprenticeships, trades, and two year degree programs.
SAM BROWN No - I am not an advocate for free higher education in WV. However, I am a strong advocate for fully funding the Promise Scholarship, which will encourage our young people to stay in state.
CARLOS WALKER No - There no such thing as a free lunch. Government involvement in higher education is the main reason for tuition increases and poor quality of education.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Many of the problems we face are primarily matters of prioritization. Clearly, giving away wealth to often already rich corporations is the definition of government corruption. Our government was designed to provide for PEOPLE, not just profits. We cannot expect our children to be able to compete with the competitive and changing world if we continue to prioritize enriching few and leaving many stranded.
RON STOLLINGS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

In 2017, WV became the 29th state to legalize medical cannabis. If elected, will you vote for legislation aimed at expanding patient access by implementing the recommendations made in 2018 by the WV Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (permitting vertical integration between growers/ processors/dispensaries and access to whole-plant flower) as well as permitting card-holding patients to cultivate small amounts of cannabis for personal use?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Not only would I vote for total decriminalization for medicinal purposes, but I support decriminalization for ALL purposes. Not only is this an economic issue or a medical issue, it is a social justice issue as well! Low income persons and people of color are FAR more likely to be incarcerated for cannabis related crimes. Let's decriminalize all cannabis related issues and get these people OUT of prison and wipe their records clean.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Sponsor and Vote Yes - And we need to do whatever is necessary to fix the legislation passed in 2017.
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - YES!!
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - You had me till you wanted people to grow there own. you can not control that and then you have them giving or sell it to others. I feel like that is not a good thing.
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER No -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - For young minds that have yet not developed fully, I believe that use of cannabis should be weighed against cannabis’ side effects. This should be a choice left up to the family and doctors. I will not support recreational cannabis use because use damages the frontal lobe of the brain if used prior to the brain’s full development that occurs around 25 years of age. I believe that if cannabis is available for adults for recreational use many will smoke cannabis around children and young adults. Many people smoke cigarette products around children even though they know second hand smoke causes cancer.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would vote for full decriminalization. Addiction and Legality are unrelated issues. Nobody has ever been on the way to a dealers house, stopped themselves, thought "This is illegal I better go home" and turned around. That's not how that though process works. I know that from 20+ years of active addiction and almost 13 years of recovery
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - I can not see anything wrong with Dr approved and police regulated sale!
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes. I strongly support medical cannabis, in leaf form as recommended, not solely in the Big Pharma bill form.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I believe medical marijuana should be strictly regulated.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I have been one of the strongest advocates for medical cannabis and will continue to do so.
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes - I see medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for pain relief. It would be beneficial for patients and a cash crop for our farmers.
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - I believe this is an asset to helping our opiod crisis. I know many people who could benefit from this. My concern is to make and keep all cannabis business in state so that our farmers and businesses will get the total monetary benefits from thi. I do not want any outside corporations taking this over to their advantage. We need to provide financial assistance to all who want to take on this industry.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I've long felt that the most humane (and necessary) parts of the existing MMJ bill were diluted or flat dismissed. While I'm proud that WV is making strides in the right direction, I strongly believe in this policy's evolution to create access for the people who need it most.
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would support any bills related to legalizing medical cannabis and would want to allow anyone to grow small amounts for personal use. I did not approve with the bill that allowed only a limited number of people would be allowed to cultivate cannabis.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAM BROWN Yes -
CARLOS WALKER Yes - If elected I will advicate that Cannabis and all it's forms is none of the states damn business. People do not need permission to be free
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - The current medical bill is essentially a corporate handout. The Shott Amendment crushed any chance for the little guy to benefit from using medical cannabis or starting a business in this field. WV has one of the highest military veteran populations in the country (typical of any poor state). Many of those veterans want and need access to medical cannabis. In fact, everyday people also want and need access to this plant that cannot kill you but can help with chronic pain and an assortment of maladys. Opioid addiction has skyrocketed and it’s killing people everyday. Cannabis isn’t the cause of that; cannabis is a remedy.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

West Virginia is one of just a handful of states that still denies SNAP benefits to people with a drug felony conviction who have served their time and deserve a second chance to get their life on track. Will you support legislation that would allow drug felons to access food through SNAP benefits - YES or NO?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - YES! Time served is time served. If someone has fulfilled their prison sentence in the eyes of the law, then their records should reflect accordingly. NO one should have to be punished for the rest of their life for a non-violent crime.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON I don't know - I have some reservations about allowing large scale former drug dealers or "hard drugs" like methamphetamine, heroine, crack-cocaine, etc this avenue to benefits. Everyone deserves to eat whether they can afford it or not. I also understand the impediment these offenders face with employment to provide a stable and sufficient income to buy food. If the legislation was written properly and a certain length of time had passed I would be in support of it. I just would not want the system abused and taking away from truly needy families.
RODNEY A. PYLES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO No -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes - There would have to be conditions. if they went back to prison then they would be out.
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER I don't know -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - Hunger should not have barriers. Drug felons are to starve. How is this protecting basic human rights? West Virginia is the second chance state. We have many programs that allow a hand up not a hand out. Let’s incorporate legislation that will benefit all Mountaineers.
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes - I would want to be sure this isn't for repeat offenders. I believe in second chances but I don't necessarily believe in third or fourth chances.
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON I don't know - I would support this as long as there were common sense regulations to prevent abuse of the system. Many people need SNAP in order to survive and prevent recidivism, but I would like specifics on the plan before agreeing to vote for it.
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - With the opioid/drug epidemic, more and more individuals are getting felonies. Some of these individuals are in families with children. A felony does not necessarily require parents to lose custody of their children. Our food pantries do not have the capacity to feed all the individuals who need fed. Denying food to persons with felonies puts a huge strain on our food banks and has negative impacts on children.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I have been complaining about this for years. Drug felon= no food for you Child molester = what would you like for dinner.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - If they paid their debt to society, why not?
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I support the dismantling of Jim Crow automatic discrimination laws against non violent felons for civil rights, social services, training and employment. Expungement laws should be broadened for non violent offenders. Disqualifications should be based on decisions of the affected agency, as to whether the disqualification is needed for the safety of other persons affected or for the public at large. Non violent felonies should not be permanent brands.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes - Only for non violent drug offenders and I believe there should be a time limit for how long a person can receive benefits. The time limit being only 3-6 months.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - If a person has served their time and lived a crime-free life, we should not deny them access to the basic needs for living.
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE I don't know - I need more information for how felons are being reintroduced to society and being given opportunities for employment before stating a position.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - I will say that there could be an exception to this. However, I believe everyone deserves a second chance. I also believe in third chances in some cases.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS I don't know - It is important that we help those that have made mistakes and served their time get their lives back on track. I think I would support this in a temporary manner if the individual has documentation that he/she is moving towards self-sufficiency.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - "Second Chance" should include full integration back in to the community as part of their rehabilitation. The best thing we can do for individuals that are attempting to put their lives back together is the create constructs in which they can succeed. Feeding their families is a basic need (and I believe this to be a humane practice, in general)
LISA ZUKOFF Yes - People who have paid their debt to society deserve access to food. Convicted felons have a difficult time finding employment and may need assistance, especially immediately after release.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes - But not for repeat offenders.
SAM BROWN Yes -
CARLOS WALKER Yes - I would support this while at the same time push to eliminate government welfare programs and enable private charities and organisations to provide for those in need. Government welfare programs are a complete failure. They are wasteful and inefficient and have created more poverty than it has eliminated.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - This sort of punishment is backwards and harmful to people who truly need a helping hand. People on SNAP are hardly living the American Dream and our state should join the rest of America in helping felons get back into society and living a healthy and productive life.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

West Virginia's jails are overcrowded and costly, but many of the people inside have not even been convicted of a crime! They are held in jail because they could not afford bail. Tying a person's wealth to their ability to await trial at home rather than behind bars does not further public safety concerns, nor is it effective at ensuring people return to court. Do you support ending the cash bail system, and basing pretrial release on evidence-based risk-factors instead? Do you support ensuring that every West Virginian is represented by an attorney at the point that bail is set by a Court?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT I don't know -
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes - A person accused of a crime should have a bail that is appropriate for the accused criminal activity (i.e. higher bail for more serious offenses). Obviously a person that has been observed committing a heinous act like a mass shooting or the like should be denied bail. However, in other situations where the accused and the prosecutor must build evidence the current system puts lower income residents at a disadvantage to collaborate with their attorney to prove their innocence as provided by the 8th amendment to the bill of rights of the US Constitution. A wealthy person can easily post bail while a person with limited financial means doesn't have that ability. To ensure the "accused" whether wealthy or poor doesn't skip on the trial check-ins with a community corrections program could be a good compromise to a fair bail.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO I don't know - I believe that prior legal precedent should determine when an attorney may be appointed to a criminal case. I would support modifying the bail system for most non violent crimes and traffic offenses other than DUI's
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON I don't know -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON I don't know - The cash bail policy needs reform, however I don’t believe it should be eliminated completely.
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I do support ensuring that every person gets an attorney prior to a bail hearing. I am not sure that the cash bond policy is the root of the problem. I would support certain offenses/charges not require a cash bond such as some drug offenses that do not include other felonies. I would support free home confinement monitoring. As I understand it, the real problem is that individuals are not getting a speedy trial because the State Crime Lab and Coroner are understaffed. It takes months for the evidence to be processed and individuals are stuck in jail waiting for trial. This not only denies individuals a speedy trial that is guaranteed under the Constitution, but also increases the jail costs the counties pay. Innocent individuals lose months of freedom. Once a prisoner is convicted, the State takes over the costs of incarceration. Long waits for trial over burden the Counties’ funds and causes overcrowding.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I also think that appointed attorneys need adequate time with and access to defendants. Often defendants meet their attorney for the first time minutes before a hearing. All people deserve an adequate defense not just a defense attorney in name only.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - Bail should be equal for all and easily accessed guaranteeing a lawyer for all!
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes. Our bail system is unfair and unnecessary in most nonviolent cases. Bail should be limited to charges of violent crime or a high special level of escape risks, with the burden on the state to show the specific need for bail.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE I don't know -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I believe every citizen should have access to an attorney however the bail system should stay in place.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I see this first hand in the work I do as a criminal defense attorney. Punishment should not be based on your economic status.
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes - I do support eliminating the cash bail system. However, there are people in our regional and county jails for other reasons. Law enforcement sometimes does this to help people get clean because of lack of treatment beds, drops any charges, and provides them with an opportunity to take a different path. Before we paint all of these jails and our court system with a broad brush, I think we need to come up with solutions to help get these people out of the jails by increasing treatment facilities.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - That is a human right, as far as I am concrned.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Yes - I support this, but likely for different reasons than the question is insinuating. This would go a very long way in helping counties with their regional jail bills. Jail bills are crippling the ability of some counties to provide basic services to their residents. Furthermore, keeping someone behind bars that has not been convicted and does not pose a threat to society simply because of their financial situation does not do a lot for general public safety.
RICHARD LINDSAY I don't know -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Yes - This, again, is rooted in the fact that marginalized communities are often not properly represented because they can't afford to BE represented. The policy will need a significant amount of work-- but I'm absolutely in favor of creating a path to full and proper representation.
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - As the question states, bail should be based on seriousness of the accused crime, past criminal record, flight risk, etc.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAM BROWN Yes -
CARLOS WALKER I don't know - No victim no crime.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Cash bail is wealth-favoritism. It is not justice. I am dedicated to fairness and justice for all WVians, not just those that can buy their way out of it.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

West Virginia law currently prohibits solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), a preferred solar financing arrangement for commercial businesses and tax-exempt institutions such as schools, churches, hospitals, municipalities, and other nonprofits. Widely available in at least 26 states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, a solar PPA is a contract through which a third-party developer installs a solar array on a host customer's property, and the customer purchases electricity produced by the array at a fixed rate. Solar PPAs allow electricity consumers to install solar with zero upfront cost while lowering electric bills from day one. Do you support legalizing solar PPAs in West Virginia - yes or no?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes! We must move toward true energy independence--this means an eventual movement away from fossil fuels entirely.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Sponsor and Vote Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - Last time AEP requested a rate hike it was based on the fact that usage had dropped. AEP had not taken efficiency measures to lower its costs. Therefore, if customers use cost saving products such as solar panels, the power companies should not be able to raise customer’s rates to make up their losses. The PPA contracts should guarantee customers receive gets the savings.
EVAN HANSEN Sponsor and Vote Yes - Much of my professional work is related to opportunities for renewables and energy efficiency to diversify West Virginia's economy and lower electric bills. Solar PPAs are simple solutions proven to work elsewhere, and we need them in West Virginia.
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - We need to do everything possible to develop a sustainable economy that doesn't rely on ecological devastation.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - I like the idea of being able to use ghitd party sales and installations! This may lead to an expansion of the use of solar since wind is a looser in my opinion!
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - Yes, but more information is needed to understand the details of the program.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes - From what I have heard about them, yes I do support them. Plus I support clean energy and it’s development and would like to see its use expanded.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Yes - I am interested in learning more about this issue.
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes - If the state chooses to enter into a PPA, all people of the state should see benefit with reduced energy costs.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - I would like to know more about this. I would expect this to be established and operated from in state workers/companies.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes - Residents and businesses have been taken advantage of for far too long by the likes of AEP, MonPower, etc. It is time for a choice in how electricity is generated.
RICHARD LINDSAY I don't know -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - The big ask would be legalizing the purchase of power for offsite generation (for a "shared solar" system). I think the first step could be to legalize on-site for nonprofits and schools (which would be hugely beneficial to their cause).
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would need more information on solar PPAs but think we should support using solar energy.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAM BROWN Yes -
CARLOS WALKER Yes - It's none of governments damn business who buys what from who and government certainly has no business being involved in the energy sector. Only a competitive free market of energy should exist.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - PPAs are a crucial step in getting WV new jobs, affordable power rates, and energy security.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Will you commit to raising the natural gas severance tax to 7.5% and directing the additional revenue towards funding the Public Employee Insurance Agency?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Alaska has a 35%. 7.5% is NOT high enough!
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes - It’s a big part of my platform! And we should put any extra into a trust-Alaska has been doing this for years and it’s now worth over a billion dollars!
JOHN DOYLE Yes - I support, and have publicly advocated raising the natural gas severance tax to 10% (this could fund PEIA and a few other things), and I will sponsor a bill to do exactly that. Should we be unable to get 10%, I will support the highest tax possible short of that. If 7.5% is the highest, I will vote for it.
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Sponsor and Vote Yes - gladly sponsor, I would raise it to 9% if I could.
STEPHANIE ZUCKER I don't know - I definitely share those objectives (increasing taxation on the natural gas industry and improving financing for PEIA), but I can not commit to an exact funding formula before considering all alternatives. There are so many pressing needs, and so many potential routes for increasing revenues while protecting ordinary families, that I can't commit to a specific proposal before fully investigating alternatives. I TOTALLY support these general objectives.
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Sponsor and Vote Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - its 3 % now that is a 4.5 % raise don't think more than doubling the tax will fly. should try smaller amounts at a time.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - PEIA needs funding NOW. It could be funded at 100% if people came before big corporations. Big money must be removed from the equation and we must educate our neighbors about their mineral rights.
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is one of several options we need to utilize to ensure permanent streaming to fully fund PEIA.
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes - I would like to have economists look at this topic and explore exactly what rate would be more beneficial, as well as how how it could be most efficiently instituted before agreeing to vote for it.
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I am committed to working to fix PEIA. I will support any new revenue that will fully fund PEIA. The increase in the gas severance tax appears to be a possible solution.
EVAN HANSEN I don't know - So far, raising the natural gas severance tax appears to be the best solution for funding PEIA. Further analysis will be needed to determine the exact percentage.
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - Acting as if the extraction industry has done West Virginia a favor by operating here has made us one of the poorest states in the union. It's time for us to retain more of the wealth that is generated by our resources. A state this rich in natural resources should not be populated by poor people.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - We need options or the OEIA will bankrupt pur state! I am still waiting for the OEIA panel to come on with results!
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes. I support a PRODUCTION TAX on natural gas like the one we eliminated in 2015 paying the state about $60 million per year. It would increase dramatically if pipelines are completed to out of state customers, who in turn would pay the tax directly. A dedicated funding stream is needed.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - Increasing the severance tax for natural gas could push those companies out of our state and take jobs with it.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would not necessarily be averse to raising the severance tax above 7.5% to meet the needs of West Virginians; this would require further study.
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes - In West Virginia, the shirt on your back is taxed more than the minerals under the ground. Absolutely absurd.
TOM TULL Yes - Unsure what percentage would be appropriate and reasonable to put on natural gas and probably need a strong, consistent source of revenue to fund PEIA, not just gas severance.
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would also support directing any excess money to our zero balance Future Fund.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - Whatever it takes to get affordable health care for all.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes - I support raising the gas severance tax even higher than 7.5% but we have to be cautious in directing the additional revenue to PEIA. Public employees deserve a consistent, reliable revenue stream dedicated to funding PEIA, but I have concerns regarding that source of revenue being a higher gas severance tax. The issue here is that natural gas prices fluctuate which causes the tax revenue to fluctuate. I think an increased gas severance tax should be a piece of the puzzle to funding PEIA, but not the whole puzzle.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - In addition to the natural gas severance tax, I believe we should also look at other options for PEIA funding.
ED LARRY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I think a 2% increase is reasonable; not sure implications of 7.5%. I need more information. I think there is room for increase but not sure how much.
SAMMI BROWN Yes - Along that vein-- I'd like to see a portion of revenue from Sports Betting go towards Promise Scholarship and sustained Public Employee pay raises. (as I would like to see Marijuana revenue go towards mental health, and in-bed rehabilitation)
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would support 7.5% or higher to help support PEIA and other state programs, such as higher education.
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know - I will consider raising the severance tax, but I don't believe that this is a sustainable fix for PEIA.
SAM BROWN Yes - By minimally raising the Natural Gas Severance Tax on out of state businesses, we would increase current severance tax revenue by $93 Million (WV Center on Budget and Policy). This can be done without raising taxes on working West Virginian families or businesses, which I will NEVER be an advocate for.
CARLOS WALKER No - Taxation is theft and PEIA should be privatized.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - No more corporate handouts!!!! We need to prioritize our public employees NOW! I have blogged about this issue and the way the prior legislatures have neglected to help public employees unless their hand was forced by everyday WVians. We shouldn’t have to fight our own government to have good health insurance.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes - Atleast 7.5%.
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Will you vote for a bill which places an additional annual tax of $4 per acre on non-occupied land owned by out-of-state individuals or other legal entities, with the resulting funds being dedicated to PEIA, or other benefit to education and the economy?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Out of state or corporate entities only! I would not support a tax increase for in state land owners.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE No -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes - 150% in favor of this. So much of our land is owned and controlled by out of state interests that do little to nothing to benefit our state and it's residents.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Sponsor and Vote Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER I don't know - Sounds like a fantastic idea, but I'd need to do more detailed homework before knowing if $4/acre is a reasonable amount. (It sure sounds like it to me at first consideration.) I'm totally on board with the principles, and I am sure that I'd support whatever was reasonable once I had solid information in front of me. (I'm a data person!)
ANDY DANIEL I don't know -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE I don't know - At this time, I am not sure that targeting certain land owners because they reside out-of-state is legal. I would have to be assured that such a tax was legal. Thus, I cannot give you a yes or a no.
EVAN HANSEN I don't know - While I support this concept, further analysis will be needed to determine the exact percentage.
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I'm not sure I would want to commit to a specific program like PEIA because I believe that we should move forward with a medicare for all type program without waiting for the federal government.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - More info needed!
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - Yes.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I would like to abolish property tax entirely.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes - I think any tax credits or tax incentives should be cancelled so those monies can be added back into the revenue stream. Again, we don't know what these zombie corporations are actually costing us because we don't have up-to-date transparency. I would like to see those monies invested to help build a more diversified economy.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - Absolutely. I have learned many things since joining the run for office, one that is most disturbing is that out of state landowners pay less property taxxes than those of us who live here. I dont agree with that!
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes - Question. How did you arrive at $4.00?
ANDREW EVANS Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY I don't know -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Yes - In general, out-of-state projects should look to add value to the state in which they've chosen to inhabit.
LISA ZUKOFF I don't know - I need to better understand this issue.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know - I need more information and would want to explore different methodologies for dealing with underutilized lands.
SAM BROWN No -
CARLOS WALKER No - Taxation is theft.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RON STOLLINGS Yes - if constitutionally sound
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Suicide rates are at an all-time high in West Virginia and suicide attempts are more likely to be deadly if a firearm is used. In addition, recent high-profile school shootings have highlighted the importance of removing firearms from those at risk of harming others. Extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws, or "red flag" laws, may allow families, community members, or law enforcement officers to petition a court directly for an order temporarily restricting a person's access to guns. This vital tool saves lives by allowing the people most likely to notice when a family or community member becomes a danger, to take concrete steps to disarm them. If elected would you support an ERPO or "red flag" law in West Virginia?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT No -
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes - I am a supporter of the 2nd amendment and I myself own a gun for protection. I also grew up with guns in my family and was taught how to use them and shoot them. I firmly believe that every responsible gun owner would support this law as no one wants to see their loved ones and friends harmed by gun violence.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - 100% YES. Red flag rules of some sort are something I strongly support, and that I think we would find a large majority of citizens would support red flag rules. Along with universal background checks, red flag rules could help make West Virginians safer.
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - It could be used in bad ways also. would have to do some research on that one.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND I don't know -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON I don't know - I support gun reform, but I would like more information on this specific strategies and how it would be instituted before agreeing to vote for it.
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON I don't know -
ED EVANS I don't know -
MATT SPURLOCK Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - Yes, but it depends on the language of the proposed law. I am a very strong supporter of the Second Amendment. The bill would have to have a clear legal definition of who could be denied a gun and why as well as what entities can place someone on the list of persons denied gun ownership. Also, the bill would need to have an appeal process to allow individuals to get removed from the list if they were placed on the list in error. The list should be published with access to all in order for citizens to know if they are on the list, who put them there and why. That would allow citizens to appeal and possibly get removed from the list before attempting to purchase a gun. I support keeping guns out of the hands of certain mentally ill individuals, but not all persons suffering from mental illness should be denied a gun.
EVAN HANSEN I don't know -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - These laws would have to be very clear. I don't think many people would fail to understand that someone shouldn't have guns while a protective order is in place but registration in my district favors Republicans 2:1 and I am not willing to throw away my chance to win over a vague gun law that will scare the hard core 2nd amendment owners. I think we need to look at the whole blanket felons can't own guns thing. I am less afraid of an accountant with a felony embezzlement charge shooting someone than I am someone with multiple misdemeanor assault or domestic violence charges. I think there should be room to negotiate that.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH I don't know - Need more info
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - Second Amendment rights should be respected with reasonable limitations on weapons capable of rapid fire shooting and for persons who pose a serious danger to others with firearms.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - Any time a person is bebarred their use of arms without due process goes against our very principles as Americans. If a person is a perceived danger then they should be required to see a therapist or psychologist. In saying this I also believe in expanding mental health coverage within our state. As well as teaching traditional morals and values in our school system.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - We need to do more in this area! We also need to do much more in background checks and mental health reporting.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS I don't know - I don't know that I agree that this tool saves lives. It is extremely difficult to keep firearms out of the hands of those determined to do harm to themselves or to others. Who enforces the order? A piece of paper is not going to deter anyone that wants to inflict harm from doing so. I certainly do not believe in "confiscating" guns from an individual without due process. I do support restricting the ability of those with documented mental health issues from purchasing a firearm, but I don't think that is what this question is asking.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - I support responsible gun ownership, but those at risk of harming others should not have access to guns.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Yes - (Tentatively) I'd like to truly evaluate the red flags before implementing the policy being conscious of potentially frivolous reporting that negates the intention of the potential law.
LISA ZUKOFF I don't know -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I will defend individual rights to own guns for self protection and hunting until that person shows cause not to deserve that right.
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know - I need to know more about the criteria under which a person would be identified.
SAM BROWN I don't know - Need to look into this more.
CARLOS WALKER No - All gun laws are an infringement on individual liberty.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Many states already have these laws and they have been shown to decrease gun deaths. I have struggled with depression and suicidal tendencies in the past so this issue is very tangible and important to me. I fully suppprt the 2nd Amendment and I don’t think that ERPOs violate that Amendment.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Amendment 1, also known as the 'No Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment' will be on the ballot this November. If passed, it would change our state's 146-year-old constitution to read: 'Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects the right to abortion or guarantees the funding of abortion.' This amendment does not make exceptions for rape, incest, or if the woman's life is endangered. One in four women will have an abortion in her lifetime, and this amendment would make it harder for women to access safe, legal abortion and potentially put their lives in danger forcing them to delay the care they need and travel out of their communities to do so. It would also allow politicians to interfere in the personal medical decisions of West Virginians. Will you vote no on Amendment 1?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Yes - I will vote NO on Amendment One. A woman's medical choices are between her, her god, and her doctor. That is all.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I understand there is only one abortion provider in WV and it’s in Charleston. Where do Women get abortions that live in other parts of the state?
JOHN DOYLE Yes - I will vote "No" on Amendment #1.
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes - The answer choices for this question kind of contradicts the final questions of whether I would vote no or yes. I am firmly voting NO on Amendment 1. It saddens me that the 1st amendment to our constitution is something that takes a right that has been guaranteed by Roe v. Wade to WV women. I believe in a woman controlling her body and making medical decisions with her physician without state influence. The fact that this potential amendment has no exemptions for rape, incest, or woman's life if endangered is appalling. My late grandmother wouldn't have been able to raise her 7 children and meet her 9 grandchildren if she didn't have her 8th pregnancy terminated and began treatments for uterine cancer.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes - voted against the resolution in the House of Delegates due to no exception for sexual assault or life of the mother
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Yes - I will vote NO on Amendment 1. (The answers for this question are a bit unclear.)
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II No - I have read up on this. If its life saving or necessary you can still get an abortion. I would even vote for a bill to help give more birth control out. People know what causes women to get pregnant. We all have choices you do not have to have sex or you can use protection, its handed out use it.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER I don't know -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I am a woman. My body, my healthcare, and my choice to elect a procedure should not be dictated because of my income, poverty level, sex, and race. This Amendment will be Pandora’s box. A constitution is to protect not discriminate. Rape and incest is more than a physical attack it destroys your emotional and mental health. Our foster care system can not handle the kids in care now; so, where will we place these children? Do you think the female forced to carry this child may not attempt suicide or self harm? Will this female receive a psych assessment every time she has an ob/gyn appointment? Will her attacker have parental rights to their child? Life of a mother is another reality. I was diagnosed with toxemia and my pregnancies were high risk. Also, I was insured by Medicaid. Many women have the same truths. I am not a physician. Why should legislators feel they have a moral and medical obligation to another’s life?
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes - I am unsure of the change in yes and no and what that means so I want to be sure my answer clearly reflects that I will vote NO on Amendment 1 as it is currently written.
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Yes -
KAREN NANCE No - I will not vote for Amendment 1. It is in my opinion that Amendment 1 is political ploy to get votes for one party over another. It goes too far. It will not make any difference as long as “Roe vs. Wade” is Federal Law which trumps State Law. West Virginia’s Constitution should not be used as a political tool. The Constitution is sacred and meant to guarantee citizen’s rights and define the State’s responsibilities and administration; it is not a document to be amended for no purpose. If “Roe vs. Wade” is overturned, the Amendment will be unnecessary and currently, if it passes, will be unconstitutional.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Yes - Laws restricting abortion disproportionately impact poor women, and it is unconscionable to vote for any legislation of this type that does not make exceptions for Incest, rape, and the life of the mother.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH No - I am a Christian and believe life starts at conception and a preform baby is living and a forming child!
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - This amendment should be rejected by voters because it was written to exclude all exceptions including those which are accepted universally as necessary procedures around the nation.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - The amendment is only designed to make it where taxpayer funded abortions are not legal. Abortion itself will not be outlawed.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Yes - I will vote no on Amendment 1. I believe we should reduce the number of abortions through proven initiatives that prevent unwanted pregnancies and teen pregnancies (increased access to birth control and medically-accurate, age appropriate sex education. Amendment 1 does no such thing, and will further endanger women and infant health if physicians leave our state as a result of its passage.
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Yes - Women have the right to safe, professional medical care.
DIANA MAGNONE No - I am pro-life but will be voting No on Amendment 1 because 1) it doesn't contain any provisions for life of the mother, 2) children or women who are victims of rape and 3) the language of the Amendment gives our state government the power to determine the term of a pregnancy, including forced abortions.
SANDY SHAW Yes - To be clear. I will most certainly vote NO on Amendment 1.
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes - I voted against A1 on the floor, and I intend to do so in the voting booth.
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - This is a republican move toward banning all abortions in WV. I believe all women should have the right to choose.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes - I will vote no.
ANDREW EVANS Yes - I am pro-life, however, I cannot be pro-life and not take the mother's life into consideration. The cases rape, incest, or to save the mother's life are the only circumstances in which I support an abortion. This amendment does not take any of those scenarios into consideration, so I cannot support the amendment.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I'm simply not in favor of amending our State's Constitution to implement oppressive, extremist language as "law."
LISA ZUKOFF Yes - Because this amendment does not make exceptions for rape, incest, or if the woman's life is endangered. This decision should be made by a women and her physician, not politicians.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I will vote NO on Amendment 1. No legislator should be have the right to tell a woman what to do with their body. The life of a woman should never be lost because a law does not allow her to have an abortion and no 12 year old girl should have to carry a baby to full term when she was raped and her life would be at risk.
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know -
SAM BROWN Yes - This is an extreme amendment, as it does NOT take into consideration cases of Rape, Incest, or the potential death of the mother.
CARLOS WALKER I don't know - Abortion is none of governments business. Government should neither fund, support or ban it.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is an attack on less fortunate women because those who can afford an abortion can go wherever they must go to have the procedure. Our legislature needs to stay out of a decision that is only between a woman and her doctor. Robust sexual education, while likely to make people squeamish, is absolutely necessary to help prevent the need for abortion in the first place.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

With climbing rates of suicide and overdose deaths, we cannot afford to let our youth mental health crisis go untreated. The School Social Work Association and the American School Counselor Association agree that the model ratio of counselors to students should be 1 for every 250. Will you support legislation to require every school to conduct a mental health assessment by 2018, and implement the national 1:250 ratio by the end of 2020?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes - 100% yes! As a teacher I see the need for mental health awareness at the high school level. We've lost students to suicide and also there have been students that have threatened heinous acts of violence toward teachers and staff. We have roughly 850 students at my school and only two guidance counselors. They are often swamped with scheduling duties and they do their absolute best but 2 counselors is just not enough for our school. If we are able to detect mental illness and treat it like any other illness at earlier stages we could potentially save lives.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - YES!! I've been talking about this issue a lot, and I STRONGLY support revolutionizing the availability of mental health services to our school kids and all our residents.
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - the ratio in 2008 and 2009 was 405/1. I agree we need to do better. 250/1 is best. I would vote to hire more help. what we really need is more God in everything.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is a greatly underserved areas of public education and deserves attention.
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes - As long as it could be done without upsetting the economy and without adding the burden onto the jobs of current counselors. I worry that by 2018 (which if now) might be unrealistic to complete an effective mental health assessment of all schools.
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS I don't know -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I support increasing the ratio of counselors to students. I do not support a mental health assessment for all students. Students have rights and should not be subject to unnecessary assessments. Certain criteria should be met prior to ordering a mental health assessment. That is why I support more Social Workers in schools. Education counselors are trained to counsel students on their academics, not emotional issues. Thus, I would insist that any necessary assessments be done by professional mental health providers.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - I support mental assistance as needed!
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - Yes, we need more counseling in our schools.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - I have been a victim, of sorts, not having adequate access to school coounselors. As a Principal, I know too well the lack of service to our children and parents in this area. We also desperately need to expand on the Social Workers in Schools model. This will be a step in the right diretion toward helping our drug crisis victims. Along with this is the fact that our very own social workers are victims of extemely low pay. Salaries for all state employees must be increased to be nationally competive.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes - I am a former school board member so I am extremely familiar with the mental health crisis in our youth.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - We do not have nearly enough school counselors, and the problem is only getting worse. My school has over 300 students and we only have a counselor present every other day. Public schools are dealing with more and more mental health problems, and more counselors are desperately needed.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - **Some pushback: I'd like to see a more proportionate rate of counselors to students. I think its necessary for the growing rate of bullying, exposure to volatile living situations, and the number of high risk counties regarding the Opioid Epidemic. (I'd like the data on what that would cost annually, if possible, in order to decide on a path to create a sustainable revenue stream specifically for hiring around Mental Health and Counseling)
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes - I believe this issue is vital to help save the children and families impacted by the opioid crisis.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - Mental illness must be taken more seriously in young people as well as adults.
TERRELL ELLIS Yes - However I don't believe that every school can undertake an assessment in 2018. This should be phased in over 2 years.
SAM BROWN Yes -
CARLOS WALKER No -
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - We have a mental health crisis in our country and the implications branch out to drug abuse, violence, and suicide, to mention only a few. Preventative measures are ALWAYS worth it and save lives as well as resources.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Water is a limited resource, necessary for life and used in great amounts for gas drilling. In order to prevent accidents and protect our drinking water supply, would you support a $.01 per gallon tax on all water taken and used for extractions--to support the hiring of more inspectors?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes, as well as increased access to public water and sewage treatment for ALL West Virginians. We must also work to increase water quality standards in this state.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Yes - I am very involved in the water tank industry and I believe this needs to be done. I also know that we cant raise the water bill of many West Virginians, so I think it should be raised around 1/2 penny per gallon. I would need more statistics to figure an increase.
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - Water is one of our greatest assets and for the good of our citizens and businesses, it needs protected. Industries such as gas extraction companies have to be regulated in order to protect our water from contamination. Without inspectors, regulations are meaningless. If we currently do not have the funds to increase the number of inspectors, I would support a tax as long as the tax is a dedicated tax and not put in the general fund.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I'm not sure how we would enforce this though. Most of these drilling companies are sucking water directly out of rivers and streams.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - Great idea!
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - I would need to know what the gross surcharge amount would be in order to judge how much it should be.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes -
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes - It's already on my platform.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes -
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS No -
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - After the many recent problems our state has had with maintaining clean drinking water, I believe measures like this must be taken to ensure the safety of WV citizens.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Maybe. I don't know enough about implications of this
SAMMI BROWN Yes - ... With the contingency that the corporation doing the extracting is responsible for this tax, NOT working families/ the consumer. If the "buck is passed" on this tax, I will fight vehemently against it.
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know -
SAM BROWN No -
CARLOS WALKER No - Taxation is theft.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Would you support a policy that requires all school districts to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes, some children rely upon charity during the summer months here on WV just to be able to eat. In the wealthiest nation on earth, this is unacceptable.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE I don't know -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER I don't know - I would think probably so, as food insecurity is a huge problem and a high priority for me, but I'd have to understand all the options to know if that particular idea is the only (or the best) way to meet our children's needs.
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I voted for Cabell County Schools to participate in SFSP while on the Board of Education. I also voted for the Federal Universal Meals Program and believe all counties should participate in it as well.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - I like this!
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes. We should have these food programs where possible and well used.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE I don't know -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I would like to see it encouraged but I’m sure some smaller schools would struggle with meeting the requirements.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes -
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Probably, But would like more details.
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I view this as one, of many, step(s) toward closing the achievement gap.
LISA ZUKOFF Yes - I believe very strongly in the SFSP program. My concern is making this program mandatory in the most rural counties. In many counties families may not have reliable transportation to reach the food. I would like such a program be required to partner with other existing feeding programs such as Meals on Wheels, Soup Kitchens, and church food pantry programs to make sure children can actually access food.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know - I need to know the fiscal and other impacts and obligations that puts on school systems and whether they have the resources to address them.
SAM BROWN Yes - If we can find the funding for this I am all for it! I'll do more research to see the exact costs of implementing the SFSP statewide.
CARLOS WALKER No - Abolish public schools.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - It baffles me that in America today we have so many kids and families living with food scarcity. SFSP is the least we can do for the children in our communities.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

The last 3 years are the warmest on record. Average temperatures across the globe have risen steadily over the past 150 years coinciding with the Industrial Revolution. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening, it is caused by humans and the next decade is the critical one for stabilizing the climate before temperatures increase any further. Economic research has demonstrated that a carbon fee on emissions from coal, oil, and gas will accelerate the much needed shift to energy sources that do not warm our atmosphere and do protect our environment and health. The fees collected will be returned to individual households and reduce energy costs for West Virginians. In addition, the renewable energy field is the fastest growing industry for new jobs that we need here in West Virginia. Legislation for a carbon fee and dividend is under development on a national level and shows promise in eight states according to the Carbon Tax Center. Will you support a policy known as Carbon Fee & Dividend that would put a fee on carbon emissions to reduce harmful greenhouse gases, return monies to WV households, grow our state economy through job creation in renewable energy sources, and protect our children's futures?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS I don't know - I voted for this when I was a legislator and was attacked by the evangelicals for " being anti-coal".
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes - Renewable energy could provide thousands of jobs to West Virginians that have been unemployed by the fossil fuel industries. We could also manufacture the components of solar and wind plants here in WV in clean environmentally facilities. If we offered the incentives for these companies we could diversify our economy while stabilizing our economy.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO I don't know -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER I don't know - Sounds awesome, but I'd really have to better understand all the options before committing to supporting this particular approach. I'm a strong supporter of green energy and moving away from fossil fuels, so I'd imagine this would be something I'd support.
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - until China and India and other country's start going that direction we can be carbon free it wont help the world. Plus we have to be careful not to put thousands out of work in west Virginia. coal and Gas workers. I agree we need to go that directions wind, sun, water such as wave technology, water falls. But we need to get the rest of the world in on this to. China along puts out more pollution than most of the world. China's air pollution is so extreme that in 2015, independent research group Berkeley Earth estimated it contributed to 1.6 million deaths per year in the country.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND I don't know -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER I don't know -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON I don't know - I would need more information on the actual tax, its rates, and the implementation before agreeing to vote for it. It sounds like it could be an excellent program.
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON I don't know -
ED EVANS I don't know -
MATT SPURLOCK Yes -
KAREN NANCE No - I would support tougher emission standards and support incentives for industries to update their infrastructure to meet those standards. At this time, our budget depends too heavily on the coal industry and its roller coaster fortunes. Punitive fees will only take away from the funds the industries need to update. I would support larger fines for not meeting the tougher standards. The State needs to become more diverse in its revenue sources as it transitions from a coal based economy to a diverse economy with many sources of revenue. The State has known this for decades and it needs to get Legislators that will do more than talk about the change. I am willing to work to get us off this one industry roller coaster.
EVAN HANSEN I don't know - Humans are causing climate change, and bold action is needed. Carbon Fee & Dividend is one of many policies that I would consider supporting in order to reduce carbon emissions.
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH I don't know - I need more info!
LARRY L . ROWE I don't know - I support environmental regulations needed for clean water and skies. I would need to see the environmental and financial impacts of this Carbon Fee and Dividend to understand its purpose and effect on West Virginia families.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE I don't know -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - I would like to cut taxes as much as possible and create as few as possible. That being said I would rather see renewable energy technologies receive a tax credit or given a tax break for them to be a more desirable energy source.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY I don't know -
TOM TULL Yes - This is a complicated issue and would need to work through all the ramifications of such a bill.
DIANA MAGNONE I don't know - I would need to analyze more data to provide an answer. My concern with this type of policy isn't the goal - none of us want to see the planet destroyed - it's about how we can transition our people who rely on their paychecks from the fossil fuel industry into jobs that provide equal pay and benefits. Without that data and those plans, I'm not able to make a decision for this survey.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes -
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes - My answer is yes, but I would like additional information.
ANDREW EVANS I don't know - I support the shift to renewable energy sources but I think we have to balance that with our region's immediate job needs and there is certainly still a demand for coal and natural gas. I am not convinced that a carbon tax is how we make that shift to solar, wind, etc. I think we should instead focus on policies that make it easier for residents and businesses to install the necessary infrastructure to use solar energy. I don't support policies designed to attack specific industries, especially these industries that so many of our residents are relying on to feed and take care of their families.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - Transitioning our power and transportation systems to renewable energy is an important long-term goal, but we must also be cautious not to allow the costs of a Carbon Fee or similar program to simply be transferred to consumers by the companies that pay them. We must also be cautious not to undercut working people who make their living in coal, oil, and gas, so such a program should also provide for job training and transition assistance.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is complex. Not sure if legislators in WV should take a lead on this. Others can do this. Don't paint a "shoot us" sign on chest of progressive candidates.
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - We're currently fighting a local battle around a heavy industrial plant (Rockwool/ Roxul). I'm adamantly opposed to this project for a number of reasons; not the least of which is the alarming amount of toxic emissions from production, and zero plan for an integration of renewable energy resources. (And both are "legal" in conducting business in this state). This is both an Environmental and Economic JUSTICE issue-- protecting both the consumer and the land she owns. I am fully in favor of diversifying our energy sector, with a concerted effort to collaborate with business that will adopt Renewable Energy resources in to their daily operations and business plan.
LISA ZUKOFF No - I believe we need to work toward renewable energy sources and jobs, but we cannot penalize our existing jobs while doing so.
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TERRELL ELLIS I don't know -
SAM BROWN No -
CARLOS WALKER No - "Fees" are taxes and taxation is theft.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - We can’t afford to keep polluting and warming our environment. We all depend on the land and water and it’s mind boggling to think we’ve gone this long doregarding that vital connection. I will supportmeasurws to boost renewable energy production and stop giving tax breaks to models that harm communities.
RON STOLLINGS I don't know -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

West Virginian Businesses are finding it increasingly hard to raise capital: lending has decreased rapidly in the past decade, and three-quarters of small businesses report difficulty in raising equity. Each of our 55 counties rank in the lowest quintile for loan access in the US, which has led to the state being classified as a "lending desert." With small businesses accounting for 99% of total business in the state and employing over half of the private workforce, it is not surprising that the lack of access to capital hurts the economy, costing jobs and growth. Without funding, businesses cannot operate: startups don't start up, entrepreneurship gets curtailed, and growth is hindered. A state bank is a proven way to increase local lending and expand access to capital; other states and countries with state banks have seen robust growth in their small businesses and economies. Will you support legislation to create a state bank of West Virginia?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes, providing it is democratically controlled by directly elected officials.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes - Both sets of my grandparents were small business owners. I know the struggles that small businesses face when attempting to modernize and provide services for the community. I support a State Bank of WV and I support ways to encourage venture capitalists to help provide more funding for start-ups in the state. 30 years ago Amazon didn't exist... Facebook, Twitter, Uber, etc... They all got their start with venture capital. To truly change the economy of WV that will provide careers and growth we have to start looking at other avenues of securing funding for small business and start-ups.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL I don't know -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - will do research on that cant answer that right now.
WILL HYMAN No -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON I don't know -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - A State Bank such as a Venture Capital Bank would assist in getting necessary funding for small businesses. I believe that our capital problem began when the State allowed banks to consolidate and be owned by out of state banks. In the past, local banks were required to invest a certain percent of funds in their communities. Now, those required funds are going to the home locations of these big national banks. There are no incentives for big banks to invest in West Virginia even though our citizens are their customers as well.
EVAN HANSEN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - I like!
LARRY L . ROWE I don't know - I support small business development in all of its forms. I support its capitalization but I do not know if a state bank would be helpful or affordable in West Virginia. I am open to the idea generally. More details are needed.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE I don't know -
MATTHEW JARRETT No - Give tax cuts to small businesses. The government should not be involved with banking.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes - Creating a state bank is vital for the future of our cannabis program.
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes - We need to find a way to do this without political influence.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - I most likely would. This is a subject I may want more information about.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY I don't know -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - While access to lending is a real problem for local small business, there already exists some avenues to address this but possibly lack sufficient funding. For instance, the local economic development authorities, businesses large and small can gain access to low-interest and/or guaranteed loans in certain circumstances. Since this framework already exists, and especially since it exists at the local level where community and business leaders can hold the businesses accountable for investing in local communities and keep jobs in West Virginia, rather than create a stand-alone state bank, I would support establishing such a bank solely for the purpose of providing additional lending and guarantee support to local EDAs.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Yes -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I've long felt that the provisions and "aid" given to large corporations are not seen or felt by the small business and entrepreneurs of this state. Being "Pro-Business" has nothing to do with selling off WV to the highest bidder... what could, and SHOULD, be done-- is reinvesting in the individuals that want to invest in the state they call home. I believe a funding option to that effect would be a step in the right direction.
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - Small businesses are the backbone for many of the smaller communities and we must encourage their development and growth.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAM BROWN Yes -
CARLOS WALKER No - 😂😂😂😂😂😂 Government banks, what could go wrong.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - A state bank will help WV help itself. WV is full of resilient people with a strong work ethic. A state bank will help those people get started, stay in business, and thrive. I am 100% in support of a state bank in WV.
RON STOLLINGS I don't know -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

More than 6500 West Virginia children are in state custody right now. State government provides a crucial monthly stipend to foster families who bring children into their homes, and that stipend continues even after the child is adopted. However, kinship families (grandparents, aunts and uncles) do not receive the same stipend for taking on the same responsibility. Will you support extending foster family benefits to kinship families?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes! As the son of a foster child, this issue is near to me and hits home. Without good foster parents, my father would not have been the man he was. We must invest more in our children, especially the most vulnerable ones among us.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER I don't know - We may need to form Orphanages
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - This is a pet peeve of mine. I believe that the State is forcing children into homes that simply cannot afford to raise the children just because the family members are related to the child. In most cases, these family guardians are themselves already living in poverty. If the guardians do not meet the foster care requirements, maybe the children should not be placed there. If it is only a matter of income, the family guardians should be given the same amount of funds as foster parents. This is about the welfare of the children, not saving money.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I also want to see programs to treat families impacted by addiction treated in place. I have experience running a program that did exactly that for less than the cost of placing once child in out of state foster care.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - All should be treated equally!
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I think children in the system should be treated the same generally, whether they go into foster care or to out of home supervised family care if their parents are unfit or unable to care for them. Payments to family members should be income based.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes - If spending is cut in other areas then yes.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is ludicous to me that , because the are related, they don't get financially supported.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - We have a foster care crisis in this state. We have many grandparents raising grandchildren, but can barely afford it. Extending foster family benefits to kinship families will make it more financially possible for relatives to foster and adopt children, and I support it.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE No -
SAMMI BROWN Yes - (With proper vetting, of course) But yes-- Ideally, children should be able to stay with their families, when possible, and we should support that endeavor.
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - Support should continue for anyone willing to adopt a child that is in state custody.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAM BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CARLOS WALKER I don't know -
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RON STOLLINGS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Will you support full implementation of the Statewide Drug Epidemic Response Plan (read link)?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes - I agree with all 12 steps to the plan. It needs implemented ASAP. Drug addiction crosses all demographic lines. Everyone is affected regardless of race, education level, income, age, etc. I lost a 1st cousin, classmates, and friends to addiction. We have to implement these initiatives to save our state and people.
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - This plan looks fantastic at first reading. Note: I don't know that it's realistic to recruit 1/18 of our population as volunteers for one program, but it's certainly a noble goal. Overall, I'd be highly supportive of this plan. Addressing the addiction epidemic and mental health crisis is a top priority for me. There are some additional barriers to care that will also need to be addressed. I will work hard to ensure that comprehensive solutions are implemented for our addiction epidemic!
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Sponsor and Vote Yes -
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes - Medical marijuana can help with the epidemic
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes - I fully support the collaborative efforts that have proven successful in Huntington to eradicate addiction to deadly and harmful drugs.
KAREN NANCE Yes - The drug epidemic is destroying families and ruining the lives of children. The State is not in my opinion proactive enough.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I have worked in the addiction recovery field for a decade and am a person in long term recovery from a substance use disorder. I know that we can change our addiction epidemic into a recovery epidemic.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes
LARRY L . ROWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes -
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is a priority of mine. The plan relied on input of all stakeholders, is sound and workable. It needs to be fully funded and implemented in all 55 counties. I further would want to see the plan tied to student debt relief or another financial incentive that would provide a committed workforce of graduates in social work, addiction treatment and other fields necessary to deploy a "human service infrastructure" for recovery.
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - I agree with this total plan. The sooner the better.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is fantastic!
RICHARD LINDSAY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - I do support implementing this plan. I also support having the drug companies who profited from the opiod crisis in our state foot the bill for the cost of implementation.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I don't have time to read it right now.
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - In addition-- When elected, I will be seeking options for in-bed rehabilitation in my home county (and others like it).
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TERRELL ELLIS Yes -
SAM BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CARLOS WALKER No -
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - The implications of not aggressively addressing the drug epidemic have and will continue to have massive effects on our communities. I fully support criminal justice reform and more thorough mental health and rehab programs.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Many beginning farmers who are passionate about creating a vibrant food and farm economy in West Virginia struggle with access to farmland due to high costs, available land location issues, loan qualification, and others barriers. Will you represent small food and farm constituents by supporting strategic planning and investment for alternative and creative land access models by the state of WV?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes, as well as the reclamation of land owned by out of state interests that is sitting idle and the redistribution of this land to in state residents who will put it to good use for the benefit of all.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
ANDY DANIEL Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - The only industries that create wealth are agriculture, mining, and manufacturing; all other industries are service industries that depend on wealth creating industries. Therefore, I support increasing agriculture industries in West Virginia. I would like to see agriculture businesses that spur the development of manufacturing industries. A good example is hemp; the State could allow hemp growth and develop rope manufacturing in counties where coal production has left vast areas without use. Another example is the forestry/timber industry that could spur the growth of wood product manufacturing.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - We should also encourage the reclamation of mountaintop removal sites through the growth of industrial hemp which has shown potential to cleanse the soil. Obviously though this would only be suitable for industrial applications for hemp fiber not use for and products meant for human consumption.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - I like this
LARRY L . ROWE Yes - I support farmers and their increase in healthy agricultural production in West Virginia. We should be branding our state produce for out of state sales. Farmland should get special tax treatment to encourage production.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes -
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE I don't know -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
LISA ZUKOFF Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I have been discussing the development of agriculture as a business in my campaign talks so I would support any legislation that would assist in this effort.
TERRELL ELLIS Yes - But I will need to better understand the land access models before fully committing.
SAM BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CARLOS WALKER No - Government has no business in agriculture.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Having been raised on a farm and tried farming on my own, I know the hardships involved. It’s practically impossible to get into farming if you don’t have loads of wealth or an inherited farm. Now farmers can’t find people to help them or pass on their legacy. We need diversification and access to education and resources for people wanting to get started with farming.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Most voters believe that powerful special interest groups use their donations to influence policy in the direction of their own interest, which may not be in the public interest. Citizen advocates have been working over the last 2 years to develop a Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Agenda that would increase accountability and transparency in West Virginia elections, make voting more accessible to all citizens, limit the influence of big-money in our politics, and increase citizen participation in the electoral process. Will you support the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Agenda (see link for specifics)?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS I don't know - Not going to happen in this climate.
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE I don't know - I support most of these ideas.
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO Yes -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER Sponsor and Vote Yes - Note: These ideas sound fantastic. As there are so many specific ideas here, I'd need to consider them carefully and see the data supporting them before 100% committing to each idea, but I'd guess that I'd be 99%++ fully behind the ideas here once I've had an opportunity to study each idea and consider all alternatives. I don't accept any corporate PAC money at all, and am a strong advocate for clean government.
ANDY DANIEL Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II I don't know - I believe we need to limit big money. Anti Corruption yes. But Social democracy is not the answer.
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON Yes -
ED EVANS I don't know -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Yes - I am a strong support of campaign finance reform. I believe election contributions should be transparent. The influx of foreign dollars into our last elections demonstrates how critical it is for voters to know who is paying for the campaigns to determine possible agendas that erode our democracy.
EVAN HANSEN Yes -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would also support a limited article 5 convention for the purpose of overturning citizens united.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Yes - I like to limit contributions across the board!
LARRY L . ROWE I don't know - I need more information and if I go to link, as done before, I will again lose this email. I support transparency and full disclosure and high public ethics with limits on contributions and lobbying.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes - There’s a few that I disagree with, such as not allowing secret meetings, but most I do agree with.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would also support ranked-choice voting.
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Sponsor and Vote Yes - Absolutely, this must happen. We are so close to losing our democracy.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Yes -
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes - I certainly support knowing the identity or group contributing to a candidate or cause.
SARAH DUNCAN Yes -
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE No -
SAMMI BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes - I will be looking to implement Public/State Funding option in campaigns to thwart Dark Money in elections. I hope this rips down the barriers of entry to public office, and creates an avenue for community based leadership to step forward and be present in all levels of government.
LISA ZUKOFF Yes -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I am so upset with the amount of money spent on elections in West Virginia and the United States and would support any legislation to reduce that amount.
TERRELL ELLIS Yes -
SAM BROWN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CARLOS WALKER No - Democracy a nice term for mob rule by force.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes - This is one of the pillars for restoring faith in our democracy and getting people to participate in elections, get and stay organized around important issues, and help reform and revolutionize our state.
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -

Medicaid expansion has covered over 180,000 working West Virginians. Will you commit to finding the funds necessary to protect health care benefits to these families?


TALLEY SERGENT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DANIEL P. "DANNY" LUTZ JR. Sponsor and Vote Yes - I have a plan for making healthcare available for all Americans, single payer, with a mechanism to pay for this program without levying new taxes. Each American will contribute something to pay for health care, but that is not the funding mechanism.
JOSEPH MANCHIN III Yes -
RICHARD OJEDA II Yes -
KENDRA FERSHEE Sponsor and Vote Yes - We need more than we need now in federal help for the drug addiction crisis. I will fight to make WV priority number one when it comes to addressing the crisis, which would be long overdue.

1 in 3 West Virginia children rely on SNAP food assistance to eat. 75% of SNAP recipients work. Will you protect SNAP and address food insecurity for these West Virginians?


TALLEY SERGENT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DANIEL P. "DANNY" LUTZ JR. Yes - SNAP will be in cluded in my Single Payer, National Health Care program. Good health and preventive care begin with adequate nutrition.
JOSEPH MANCHIN III Yes -
RICHARD OJEDA II Yes -
KENDRA FERSHEE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Hunger and food insecurity are huge problems in West Virginia. Cutting SNAP will deepen the problems, cause more suffering, and drive people further into poverty. Problems are not solved by reducing the number of solutions available.

Over 48000 West Virginia working families rely on CHIP (Childrens Health Insurance Program) to insure their children. Will you work to prevent cuts to this program?


TALLEY SERGENT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DANIEL P. "DANNY" LUTZ JR. Yes - CHIP Healthcare will be available to ALL AMERICAN CHILDREN under my program.
JOSEPH MANCHIN III Yes -
RICHARD OJEDA II Yes -
KENDRA FERSHEE Sponsor and Vote Yes - We need universal health care, which would allow us to more efficiently allocate our spending on medical programs and result in better care for at-risk populations like children. Until we can achieve health care for all, we need to ensure that children can get medical treatment when their parents cannot afford to pay the high medical costs that are the norm these days.

Eliminating pre-existing conditions from health insurance coverage would hurt West Virginians. Will you oppose the elimination of preexisting conditions?


TALLEY SERGENT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DANIEL P. "DANNY" LUTZ JR. Yes - My single payer National Healthcare system will not have to be concerned with pre existing conditions. An American who needs health care gets health care under my system.
JOSEPH MANCHIN III Yes - It’s sad that Patrick Morrisey joined a federal lawsuit to take away protections for 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions.
RICHARD OJEDA II Yes -
KENDRA FERSHEE Sponsor and Vote Yes - I don't know anyone who doesn't have some pre-existing condition. Imposing prohibitions on insuring people with pre-existing conditions would essentially cut off nearly every person in West Virginia from health insurance coverage.

West Virginia seniors need a champion to protect Social Security and Medicare from damaging cuts. Will you stand up for our seniors?


TALLEY SERGENT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DANIEL P. "DANNY" LUTZ JR. Yes - Again, my system will protect all seniors as well as all Americans from the effects of a catastrophic illness. Social Security is an intergenerational social compact, which I hold must continue to be a baseline for income for older Americans.
JOSEPH MANCHIN III Yes -
RICHARD OJEDA II Yes -
KENDRA FERSHEE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Social Security and Medicare have already been paid for by seniors, many of whom need both for survival. Any cuts to either program would be unacceptable.

Tax cuts are going to the wealthiest of Americans and corporations while West Virginia workers are struggling to make ends meet. Will you oppose these tax cuts?


TALLEY SERGENT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DANIEL P. "DANNY" LUTZ JR. Sponsor and Vote Yes - Since technology and new processes will mean fewer Americans will be working in the future, I will insist that the Congress address the issue of concentrations of wealth in the largest corporations, individual accounts, and offshore accounts. These accounts must be subject to the reach of revenue producing agencies. West Virginia is a bellwether state, (unfortunately) having nearly half its population not working for a variety of reasons. Other states will soon follow suit, whether they desire to do so or not. We must assess a "technology fee" upon the replacement of human labor with mechanized or technological labor. This will pay a guaranteed annual wage to those unable to work. regardless of the reasons. Failure to help our distressed citizensw will lead to insurrection, and none of us wants that.
JOSEPH MANCHIN III Yes - I want tax cuts for working families. I’ve always supported all-inclusive tax reform, along the lines of the Reagan tax cuts, which did not add to the deficit immediately upon passage. As our governor, I cut the food tax to help working families living paycheck to paycheck and eliminated the state privilege tax on automobiles (the Welcome to West Virginia tax). I do not support the Republican effort to cut Medicare and Social Security or destroy healthcare.
RICHARD OJEDA II Yes -
KENDRA FERSHEE Sponsor and Vote Yes - We are focusing far too much time on cutting taxes for those who don't need the help and not enough time helping stabilize communities and families.

Policy makers need to be aware of how their decisions affect community members. Will you commit to attend at least 2 town halls, public forums, and/or face-to-face meetings with impacted/low-income constituents sponsored by Our Children Our Future?


TALLEY SERGENT Sponsor and Vote Yes -
DANIEL P. "DANNY" LUTZ JR. Yes - I have promised two things to my constituents, (1) at least one twon hall meeting per month on the district OCOF is welcome to sponsor as many of these as ,ay be desired. (2) I will designate a Chief of Staff who is from the Second Congressional District---not from Maryland. My ancestors came to what is now West Virginia in 1761, 102 years before there was a West Virginia. I know we have the talent to fill the staff positions with people from the 2nd District.
JOSEPH MANCHIN III Yes -
RICHARD OJEDA II Yes -
KENDRA FERSHEE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Absolutely! I've already committed to four a year, actually, because we need better service from our elected officials, who can only serve us well if they listen to us.

Would you be in support of policies which would require there to be a plan in place, either for maintenance or reuse of the property, prior to the decommissioning of public school buildings?


DAVID "ELLIOTT" PRITT Sponsor and Vote Yes - So many communities face the sight of old and abandoned school buildings just wasting away in their communities. Public funds were used to construct and maintain these facilities. They should continue to be used for public services beyond their life as a school.
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BIBI HAHN Sponsor and Vote Yes -
JOHN DOYLE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
CODY H. THOMPSON Yes -
RODNEY A. PYLES Yes -
JOE CANESTRARO No -
STEPHANIE ZUCKER I don't know - I imagine so, but I'm not familiar with the concerns that prompted this idea, so i'd need more information before being able to fully commit.
ANDY DANIEL I don't know -
JIM MARION Yes -
WAYMOND CORK II Yes -
WILL HYMAN Yes -
DAVID BLAND I don't know -
MELVIN "MEL" KESSLER Yes -
DANIELLE WALKER Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BRIANNE SOLOMON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
THERESA "TESS" JACKSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON I don't know -
ED EVANS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
MATT SPURLOCK Sponsor and Vote Yes -
KAREN NANCE Sponsor and Vote Yes - It depends on the details of the legislation. I set on the Cabell County Board of Education (BOE) and I understand this issue. Often BOEs sell a piece of property to an organization that does present a plan for use, and that organization’s plan fails for one reason or another. If the BOE keeps the building, it is obligated to maintain it, and the public ought to make sure the BOE does keep the building safe and not a public eyesore. I could see policy that allows (currently I believe it is not allowed under code) a BOE to take the property back at no costs if the organization fails to follow through with its plan. BOEs could not afford to buy back property that has more than likely deteriorated or afford to demolish the buildings out of their limited funds. A State fund that provided funding for development or demolition of the closed schools could help. The WV State Building Authority could use grant money to fund such a program. Demolition would require adherence with the State Historic Preservation Law, Section 106.
EVAN HANSEN I don't know -
MATTHEW KERNER Sponsor and Vote Yes - Yes!!! I have had schools near me sold at auction for almost nothing and the non profit I run could have used them to increase recovery bed capacity.
PHILLIP W DISERIO Yes -
ROGER SHUTTLESWORTH Sponsor and Vote Yes - We have to prepare for our children’s future!
LARRY L . ROWE I don't know - It seems restrictive to force a specific plan for all sales or other use of abandoned school buildings. A post-use plan is best practice, used by many school boards, but it should not prevent opening a new school for a post-use plan.
CINDY LAVENDER-BOWE Yes -
MATTHEW JARRETT Yes - I believe there should be a set period of time for public entities to submit a plan for what they would like to do with it and after that it should be open for private persons and entities to purchase.
JEANETTE M. ROWSEY Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SHAWN FLUHARTY Yes -
TOM TULL Yes -
DIANA MAGNONE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SANDY SHAW Yes -
JOHN WILLIAMS Yes -
PHOEBE JEFFRIES MEADOWS Yes - These could be transformed into drug treatment centers. Also, to provide mental health facilities. Local colleges and universities can be useful in the operation of thefacilities as well. Through course observation requirements to residencies that provide services to these facilities. This, inturn will increase possibility of program offerings at our in state higher education schools.
JAMES P. ROBINETTE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BOB BEACH Yes -
ANDREW EVANS Yes - I am a former school board member that has been through the process of closing two schools in our county to build one new one. I believe at the very least counties should commit to maintaining the structures until they are sold or used for another purpose. It is very difficult to find any individual or entity interested in doing anything with old buildings in rural locations.
RICHARD LINDSAY Yes -
SARAH DUNCAN Yes - Not planning for maintenance and/or reuse of these buildings creates very wasteful situations.
ED LARRY Yes -
DAKOTA NELSON Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RENATE PORE Sponsor and Vote Yes - Not sure what this means.
SAMMI BROWN Yes - ... WITH surrounding community input, as well. If the local community, as a whole, has not been consulted as to what CAN be done with local property-- then I wouldn't be able to support the initiative.
LISA ZUKOFF I don't know -
CAROL B. BAILEY Sponsor and Vote Yes - I would like more information on this topic.
TERRELL ELLIS Sponsor and Vote Yes -
SAM BROWN Yes -
CARLOS WALKER Yes - Only if that plan is to give the land to the private sector.
CORY CHASE Sponsor and Vote Yes -
RON STOLLINGS Yes -
DAVID M. DINGES Sponsor and Vote Yes -
BARBARA EVANS FLEISCHAUER Sponsor and Vote Yes -