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Publication: THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE
Published: Sunday, May 05, 2002
Page: P2K
Byline: Not Available

William 'Bill' Galloway decisions.

League 1. What do you believe are the essential components of effective campaign finance reform legislation?

Citizens have a constitutional right to free speech; however, we must limit special interest groups' contributions so no one group will have an inordinate amount of influence. For democracy to thrive the electoral process must provide an equal playing field for all qualified candidates so voters can make informed decisions.

2. Facing the possibility of a return to deficit spending, what are your fiscal priorities for the next federal budget?

Eliminate the waste in the federal budget. Quit spending more money than is received. Do not be too quick to raise taxes because when the economy rebounds the revenues will automatically rise. Finally, do not add programs unless the funding is available to support them without increasing taxes.

Gazette Should the proposed regional airport be built in Lincoln County?

No response.

Daily Mail How would you save the Social Security system for Baby Boom ers?

No response.

John D. Rockefeller IV 405 Capitol St., Suite 405, Charleston, WV 25301 Party: Democrat Biographical information: Harvard University, 1961; I have had the privilege of serving the people of West Virginia for 38 years, beginning as a VISTA volunteer in the small community of Emmons. In 1966, I was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates and in 1968, to the Office of Secretary of State....

League 1. What do you believe are the essential components of effective campaign finance reform legislation?

I recently voted to enact the first serious campaign finance reform bill in 30 years.dg Key sections of this legislation help control unregulated soft money contributions to national parties and close "issue advertising" loopholes that allow misleading attacks by interest groups in the months leading up to an election.

2. Facing the possibility of a return to deficit spending, what are your fiscal priorities for the next federal budget?

Job creation through training, math and science education and enforcement of trade laws; health care, especially by Medicare prescription drug coverage for every senior and increased coverage for uninsured children; homeland security that gives West Virginia's police, firefighters and health professionals the training and equipment they need to handle threats.

Gazette Should the proposed regional airport be built in Lincoln County?

(Did not provide a yes or no answer as requested.) Daily Mail How would you save the Social Security system for Baby Boomers?

Protecting benefits for current and future retirees, survivors and the disabled will require significant restructuring. This may need to include supplemental or partial privatization, or collective investment.

Bruce Barilla P.O. Box 382, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986 Party: Democrat Biographical information:B.S. business education - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; employed at The Greenbrier - golf department (locker room attendant); statewide promoter "Christian Heritage Week in West Virginia"; nationwide promoter "God Bless America Again!" revival seminar.

League 1. What do you believe are the essential components of effective campaign finance reform legislation?

I would prefer that the media "give" equal time to candidates, but that candidates cannot accept monetary contributions because of being "bought" by donors.

2. Facing the possibility of a return to deficit spending, what are your fiscal priorities for the next federal budget?

Balanced budget. Eliminate wasteful spending. No tax increase. Lower and fewer taxes. Stop American companies from going overseas or to Mexico or Canada.

Gazetnite Should the proposed regional airport be built in Lincoln County?

(Did not provide a yes or no answer as requested.) Daily Mail How would you save the Social Security system for Baby Boom ers?

Stop dipping into it. Put Social Security funds in safe interest-bearing accounts. Allow taxpayers the choice of participation. Perhaps each Social Security account "owned" by individual and upon death any balance goes to family.

Jay Wolfe Route 4 Box 840, Salem, WV 26426 Party: Republican Biographical information:BBA - Glenville State College; Chartered Life Underwriter's degree - American College; elected to U.S. Senate 1986; elected Delegate to Republican National Convention in 1992; 24 years property casualty, life and health insurance; previously licensed securities broker; previous private pilot; previous owner/operator of two motels in West Virginia; currently owner of independent....

League 1. What do you believe are the essential components of effective campaign finance reform legislation?

Recentlnaday passed legislation is not effective reform. The 60-day gag rule that silences the critics of incumbents and candidates is unconstitutional and an attack on our First Amendment. Term limits would be the most meaningful way to level the playing field filled with multimillionaire incumbent power brokers.

2. Facing the possibility of a return to deficit spending, what are your fiscal priorities for the next federal budget?

I would look for ways to cut waste in government and would not support deficit spending. The war against terrorism and increasing defense is paramount. We can start cutting waste by reducing congressional salaries from $150,000 down to $100,000 and still have multimillionaires lined up to be "public servants." Gazette Should the proposed regional airport be built in Lincoln County?

(Did not provide a yes or no answer as requested.) Daily Mail How would you save the Social Security system for Baby Boom ers?

I support saving all FICA surplus in a trust fund, not to be spent on any other programs, with no exceptions. Additionally, I support President Bush's proposal allowing 2 percent of FICA taxes to be self-directed, but only in regulated, secure, fixed investment accounts with wage-earner ownership.

Hiram C. Lewis IV 1613 Virginia St. E., Suite 14, Charleston, WV 25311 Party: Republican Biographical information:Welch Elementary, Welch Junior High, Weir High School; WVU BSBA (finance); WVU J.D. (law); WVU BSBA (accounting); Airborne/Ranger 3rd Ranger Battalion; Summer Fellow, Legal Aid Society of Charleston; state Senate Counsel (2002 legislative session); practicing attorney, Lewis Law, PLLC; NRA, American Legion, WV Muzzleloader and Rifle Association, Christian Legal Society.

League 1. What do you believe are the essential components of effective campaign finance reform legislation?

Fairness, equity and accountability: Candidates should be treated the same under the campaign finance laws. Sen. [Jay] Rockefeller can spend $60 million of his own money while a person like myself has to ra oise $1,000 at a time. Because of this, he does not have to vote the way we believe.

2. Facing the possibility of a return to deficit spending, what are your fiscal priorities for the next federal budget?

Education, defense/national security, health care, Social Security and debt service: Deficit spending was warranted under the circumstances of 9-11 and the president's tax relief bill. We will reap the benefits of the tax relief in the future just like we did under tax relief bills under Presidents Kennedy and Reagan.

Gazette Should the proposed regional airport be built in Lincoln County?

No Daily Mail How would you save the Social Security system for Baby Boom ers?

I will support the president's plan to secure Social Security for current recipients while allowing younger Americans the opportunity to invest a small portion of their earnings in higher yielding investments. I would also propose government finance reforms that would help pay down the debt and fully fund Social Security.

Margaret Workmahas n P.O. Box 3702, Charleston, WV 25337 Party: Democrat Biographical information: B.A., WVU, 1969, J.D., WVU 1974; assistant counsel to majority, Public Works Committee, U.S. Senate, 1974-75 - law clerk, Circuit WV, 1975-77 - private practice, 1976-81 and 2000-present justice WV Supreme Court of Appeals, 1989-99 - Chief Justice 1993 and 1997.

League 1. What do you believe are the essential components of effective campaign finance reform legislation?

Stopping large corporate and wealthy interests from buying access to power and decision-making. A constitutional amendment empowering Congress to set spending limits on federal campaigns should be considered. The power of money in politics is eroding our democracy and creating a huge divide between the wealthy interests and average Americans.

2. Facing the possibility of a return to deficit spending, what are your fiscal priorities for the next federal budget?

Gazette Should the proposed regional airport be built in Lincoln County?

(Did not provide a yes or noet answer as requested.) Daily Mail 1. How would you save the Social Security system for Baby Boom ers?

The Republican tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent have placed solvency of Social Security/Medi care funds in danger. We must return to fiscal responsibility instead of deficit spending. As the Baby Boomer generation nears retirement, we should keep the promise to keep a lock box on Social Security.

Jim Humphreys 1616 Kirlee Road, Charleston, WV 25314 Party: Democrat Biographical information:West Virginia University, A.B., 1969; Ohio State University, M.A., 1970; George Washington University, J.D., 1979, Princeton University, MPA, 1972. Legislative aide, U.S. Sen. John Glenn, 1975, chief legislative counsel, U.S. Sen. Donald Reigle, 1977-78. West Virginia House of Delegates, 1982-89. West Virginia Senate, 1989-94.

League 1. What do you believe are the essential components of effective campaign finance reform legislation?

Complete disclosure and the elimination of soft money contributor loopholes a yre absolutely imperative. The Enron debacle underscores why we need to get special interest money out of the campaign finance system. Such reforms are necessary to assure that working families have an equal voice in their government.

2. Facing the possibility of a return to deficit spending, what are your fiscal priorities for the next federal budget?

The protection of the Social Security trust fund should be our first and greatest priority. During these difficult financial times I oppose giving huge tax breaks to companies like Enron while seniors and their families worry about the solvency of Medicare and the ability to pay for prescription drugs.

Gazette Should the proposed regional airport be built in Lincoln County?

(Did not provide a yes or no answer as requested.) Daily Mail How would you save the Social Security system for Baby Boom ers?

Social Security is a promise we must keep. I would not risk the trust fund in the stock market and I would ensure its solvency by opposing giant tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas or, as in the case of Enron, who defraud investors of the retirement security.

Ira Bostic Jr.

2358 Harrison Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177 Party: Republican Biographical information: Public schools, Marshall University, City College of Chicago, Augsburg, Germany. Eight years U.S. Army, pipefitter, part owner of the Realty Group, Realtor, Board of Directors MLS Board.

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

Restore discipline in the classroom. Make sure each student is prepared to move to the next level in all areas. Tutoring programs for students. Stress career training. Scholarships for vocational training.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

Encourage small business by eliminating the franchise tax. Pass strong tort reform bill. Eliminate some of the state regulations on certain types of business. Encourage expansion of existingbreaks t business.

Reform Workers' Comp.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

(Did not provide yes or no answer as requested.) Daily Mail What is the No. 1 issue in West Virginia, and what specific steps would you take as a legislator to fix it?

The economy is the No. 1 issue facing West Virginia. First I would eliminate the franchise tax to encourage the expansion of existing business. Tort reform is needed to attract new business to the state.

Our educational system needs to be improved. Workers' Comp needs to be reformed.

Have you signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices?

No answer given.

Steve Harrison 105 Bradley Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 Party: Republican Biographical information: Brown University triple major of economics, political science and organizational behavior and management; District 1 College Football Academic All-American; Sissonville High School. Rated one of the "Best for Jobs" in the House; regularly achieve 100 percent roll call voting recorxids; held 45 Town Meetings; minority chairman of Education Committee.

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

This session I co-sponsored HB 4319 which establishes a process for improving education. This legislation will help ensure school systems are held accountable for efficient use of existing resources. West Virginia's per-pupil spending is already among the highest in the nation and we must ensure efficiency and accountability.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

The best way to help create jobs is to reduce the tax burden. I have been a vocal advocate for tax reduction and my pro-taxpayer record has earned me awards from West Virginians Against Government Waste. I will continue to fight for tax relief in the Senate.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

(Did not provide a yes or no answer as requested.) Daily Mail What is the No. 1 issue in West Virginia, and what specific steps would you take as a legislator to fix it?

We must create a West Virginia where our classmates and relatives do not have to leave to find good jobs. My pro-jobs record earned me a ranking as one of the "Best for Jobs" in the House. I will continue to support pro-jobs policies in the Senate.

Have you signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices?

No Robert Palmer 1205 Dudley Road, Charleston, WV 25314 Party: Democrat Biographical information: Bachelor's of Business Administration in management information systems, University of Georgia, 1984; I have worked since I obtained my driver's license in restaurants, department stores, universities, and businesses. I have a degree in business administration (emphasis on computers) that has enabled me to work as a computer programmer 20 years.

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

Parents, students, and teachers must not only expect but also demand the absoily Malute best. We should pursue rigorous standards of accountability, sacrifice to provide our schools the most money possible, and create a plan to recruit teachers to replace the large number due to retire in the next few years.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

We must invest in economic developments by making massive changes to our obsolete tax system, provide the best possible public education, and stimulate through tax incentives "new economy" high-technology startups such as computer data centers, biometrics, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and next-generation sources of energy like coal-based hydrogen fuel cells.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

No Daily Mail What is the No. 1 issue in West Virginia, and what specific steps would you take as a legislator to fix it?

Economic development is crucial to our long-term prosperity.

Government should not be our largest employer because of unfair private sector cost shifting. We must match serious investment in education (thereby providing a talented work force) with tax incentives to high-technology small-business startups to create a modern, sustainable economy.

Have you signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices?

Yes Barbara 'Bobbie' Hatfield 3 Wilbur Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303 Party: Democrat Biographical information: Registered nurse; degree in nursing from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, Charlotte, N.C.; RN experience in hospital, home health, hospice and rural primary health care. I have represented the 30th district in the West Virginia House of Delegates for a total of 10 years.

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

I supported and continue to support the teacher pay raise, increased student time in the classroom and funding for public preschools. With the increasing health needs of children we must have more certified school nurses. We also need mor le counselors and school social workers.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

We've taken a first step with the authorization to issue bonds for economic development projects and tax credits for research and development business expenses and lowering the threshold for job creation. We need to continue working with the governor on his economic development plans.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

No Daily Mail What is the No. 1 issue in West Virginia, and what specific steps would you take as a legislator to fix it?

Job creation. Economic growth and prosperity makes everyone better off. Education and training programs need to be more responsive to the needs of employers. We need to support small business with sound legislation and access to the latest technology.

Have you signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices?

Yes Danny Wells 34 Bridlewood Road, Charleston, WV 25314 Party: Democrat Biographical information: 1958 graduate of Charleston High School; 1962 graduate of West Virginia University - journalism. Writer, columnist, executive sports editor, senior writer, The Charleston Gazette, 1962-2001.

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

1. Competitive salaries for teachers, administrators and school service personnel.

2. Increase attraction to teaching profession through programs in junior and senior high schools.

3. Schools must be safe. Laws should allow administrators to deal with troublemakers.

4. Provide funds for new technology; re-emphasize reading skills.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

Monitor legislation for economic development projects for success in creating jobs. If successful, continue and/or expand legislation as annual project. Continue efforts to create positive atmosphere for prospective businesses to locate toin West Virginia.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

No Daily Mail What is the No. 1 issue in West Virginia, and what specific steps would you take as a legislator to fix it?

Jobs. (See No. 2.) Also, legislators should encourage Budget Digest money to be used as stimulus for economic development. Encouragement should be given to private sector to partner in projects such as what happened with the armory in Nicholas County. I also intend to work with governor's office through Dave Satterfield.

Have you signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices?

Yes Beth Fouty Young 111 Galway Circle, Charleston, WV 24314 Party: Democrat Biographical information: B.A. in psychology; M.A. in psychology; Ed.S. in school psychology; practicing school psychologist since 1985; adjunct college professor for psychology courses in 1993; Charleston City Council at-large member since 1999; Chair City Streets & Traffic Committee, vice chair City Parks & Recreation Committee; former execo utive committee member and past president....

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

Increase preschool readiness programs and instructional time for basic academics in primary levels; establish ratios for secondary level staff and student support services; establish more aggressive programs to decrease high school dropouts; utilize technology for accelerated curriculum in all high schools; increase affordable post-secondary educational and vocational opportunities.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

Increase affordable post-secondary educational opportunities; sell infrastructure bonds for increased transportation and utilities; consolidate state economic departments for one-stop assistance; small-business development centers; mandated arbitration panels with disclosure in civil litigation cases; increase cooperation between counties and municipalities for purchases, services and economic growth; public relations campaign.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

No Daily Mail What is the No. 1 issue in West Virginia, and what specific steps would you take as a legislator to fix it?

Affordable, available prescriptions and health-care for children and seniors. Sponsor legislation to place all tobacco settlement funds and additional tobacco taxes into Medicaid to take full advantage of matching federal funds; support multi-state prescription purchasing, physician-owned insurance programs, recruitment programs for health industry, and aggressive prevention programs.

Have you signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices?

Yes John 'JJ' Jones Route 2 Box 356C, Charleston, WV 25314 Party: Democrat Biographical information: 14 years; two-year degree, business management; investigator for law firm of Ralph Buss.

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

I would like to see standardized testing and to take a look at the teacher-student ratio in classrooms.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

We must promote our infrastructure and transportation opportunities as well as our work force. Tax abatement has been used but I feel that this places the tax burden on the residents and not the corporations.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

No Daily Mail What is the No. 1 issue in West Virginia, and what specific steps would you take as a legislator to fix it?

Employment. I would try to entice employers as stated above and to raise education standards to be able to provide employees to fill high-tech positions while looking a tax reduction to keep our youth here in the state.

Have you signed the Code of Fair Campaign Practices?

Yes Ray Keener 502 Woodbridge Drive, Charleston, WV 25311 Party: Democrat Biographical information: B.S./ B.A., business administration (accountiedng) West Virginia University 1979; doctor of jurisprudence, West Virginia University School of Law, 1982; master's of law in taxation (LLM), Georgetown University, 1990; completed certified public accountant examination, 1990; lead counsel, West Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Finance, 1995-96; general counsel, Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance....

League 1. What are your priorities for improving public education in West Virginia?

Since a major problem is the shortage of teachers and other personnel, I support the education-sponsored plan to increase salaries. Assuring a safe school environment is also a key to improvement, as well as directing additional funds to new building construction and renovation of existing facilities.

2. Please list what you believe are the most important steps the Legislature can take to expand job opportunities in West Virginia.

In order to have job creation in West Virginia, all government officials must work to improve the business climate. The Legislature must enact legislation to streamline paperwork requirements and provide tax incentives to new and existing businesses. The tax structure must be revamped and streamlined to guarantee consistency and simplicity.

Gazette Would you place further restrictions on women's right to choose abortion?

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