Plans

Preconstruction Planning

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Modelling

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Management

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Issues

Economic Diversification

My number one priority in the House will be to kickstart the West Virginia economy. A thriving economy is the answer to most issues facing the region. I propose making a major push to attract businesses into the region by promoting our competitive advantages. We have a willing workforce that is ready to fill the needs of any employers looking for an area promising lower operating costs. We can also offer a great infrastructure with the Kanawha River and major highways that can access several large cities within a three to four hour range. This is a long term goal which I will take on aggressively starting right now. We have to stop the exodus of people from the state which affects mostly our young people who are leaving to look for jobs that pay a liveable wage. We are losing 10,000 people a year which will hurt the state when it comes to tax revenue, congressional representation and federal government funding.

The best way to grow an economy is to make sure companies have access to a well-educated workforce. With the University of Charleston, West Virginia State University and Bridge Valley all in or near the Charleston city limits, Marshall University an hour away and WVU three hours away, there is an abundance of educated workers looking for jobs to keep them in West Virginia. There is almost a one to one ratio of a highly educated populace to the ranking of Best Business Environments. Funding our higher education institutions is paramount to bring in jobs that will keep our young people in the state. The most promising part of our education system is our impressive high school graduation rate. I will push to make sure all those students have the chance to continue their education through a Vo-Tech or four year institution and get the training needed to make for a more attractive workforce. I am also 100% pro-teacher. We need to pay our teachers a competitive salary to keep them from moving out of state. We also need to fully fund PEIA as health insurance is the most important of all the benefits offered. I went through the public school system and feel that public education is a basic right. I am completely against any charter schools.

Healthcare is another top priority for me. Medical expenses are at a crisis level for the entire country, especially right here. West Virginia has the second highest healthcare costs per capita in the country. The state needs to use its clout to lower costs by enforcing healthcare price transparency. Prescription prices is one way the state can save money by negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies. Bringing down the cost of medications is one way to save our citizens billions of dollars a year. The extremely high cost of healthcare is forcing many to forego the preventative medicine that they need, and keeping others from having the disposable income that could instead be spent at local businesses to drive the economy. I will work to make it so every person in the state has access to affordable healthcare.

The most important issue facing West Virginia in the lead-up to the November General Election and 2021 legislative session is COVID-19.

Fortunately, the lack of major population centers and world travel into the state has made fighting the virus much easier in West Virginia than in other states.

However, we still have a high rate of transmission for the cases that are here and must band together to take the necessary precautions to make sure we don’t suffer a major outbreak.

My feeling as a scientist is that we must pay attention to the advice given by scientists and medical professionals which includes wearing masks when in public and practicing physical distancing. There is a lot about this pandemic that is not completely understood even by the experts but they are the ones we have to rely on for the latest information and guidance to keep it from getting out of control.

As your Delegate, I will promise to make sure the state government continues to do whatever is necessary to make this a safe environment for everyone.

Roads

West Virginia roads have been rated fifth worst in the nation. We need to commit to regular maintenance of our highways for safety and for economic reasons. Poor road conditions cost car owners hundreds of dollars in repairs. Keeping them in shape will cost money, but save in the long run. As they say, “You can pay me now, or pay more later.”

Opioids & Homelessness

Drug abuse and homelessness have become major issues for the state. Both are tied to a poor economy. We need to put tighter controls on the distribution of opioids and other medications to make it more difficult for people using them for illegal purposes. The homeless population needs to be given shelter and proper nutrition. Providing mental health services to those in need and putting people in touch with family members will help take down the numbers. It is a proven fact that an uptick in the economy will help with both those issues. People who have the opportunity for steady employment tend to stay off the streets and stay away from drug abuse.

Workers' Rights

Protection for workers:  It is imperative that workers be kept safe from termination by employers because of age, race, sex or religion. Everyone should have the right to be free from worry that they will lose their jobs because of issues beyond their control. I favor doing away with non-compete clauses that prevent free-market movement for workers. I am pro-union and am proud to say I have worked for two different unions in my life, and it is no question that as union membership has dwindled in the past few decades, the economic inequality has increased across the entire country.

Climate Change

As a career TV Meteorologist, I have been well aware of the effects of climate change across the world in the past several years. I feel the time has come to join the rest of the world in trying to address its effects on the environment and to push for more renewable energy sources. West Virginia has a huge abundance of natural gas to lead the way, and also has areas in the eastern mountains that are perfect for wind energy. Coal will always be a part of the West Virginia economy, but as the market continues to fall we must be prepared to move forward. I believe in renewable energy and the potential for industries like solar power to bring thousands of jobs to the region. I am also in favor of taking care of our coal miners as we have promised to provide health insurance and to retrain those wanting to move into other areas of employment.

Trust

I spent 13 years winning your trust as West Virginia’s most experienced and accurate TV meteorologist. I worked hard to keep you safe during bouts of dangerous weather like snowstorms, flooding, and even tornadoes. I am asking you to now trust me as I turn my attention from the weather to community leadership. My forecast calls for a brighter West Virginia, and I feel I have the life experience and knowledge to lead the way. I never steered you wrong while I was on the air, and I promise to only support measures that I feel are in the best interest of the people of West Virginia. I will be proud to carry the title of Delegate and I am asking for your support. My contact numbers are on this website and I urge you to call or email me if you have any questions. This state has been very good to me and now I want the chance to return the favor to all the people. Thank you.

Financial Responsibility

I promise to watch over your money in the state budget the same way I do with my own finances. I think fiscal responsibility is paramount to holding public office and my personal track record shows I have the ability to do it. I have paid off my house. I bought my car and my daughter’s with cash and have always lived well within my means.. I have virtually no debt and will bring the same habits to the table when putting together the state’s yearly budget.

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