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8 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 27, 2000 CANDIDATE Cecil H. Underwood Republican BIOGRAPHY i am a can-do governor, seeking reelection to continue the job of turning around the cycles of loss and moving our state forward. I have first-hand experience in public service education, industry and the volunteer community. And bring this fund of lifelong experience and energy to the job of governor. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters What is your number one vision for West Virginia in the new century? How would you make it happen? My vision is that West Virginia will move fully into the economic mainstream. There will be jobs for all, access to family services and a first-class education, and links to every corner of the state and to the information superhighway. This will happen by continuing the policies of my administration. at How would you diversify West Virginia's economy to provide befer job opportunities for our workers? Government needs to maintain and enhance our hospitable climate for business, to promote our greatest strength - West Virginia workers - and then get out of the way. The good news: The economy already is diversifying through the unprecedented growth of total employment and of jobs in the service sector. All Candidates from Jefferson County CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY What changes do you think should be made concerning ballot access for third pert/ candidates? What regulations wouid you support re arding how candidates can spend their unused campoi n funds - don#rig to other can detes, donating to char,etc. ? Joe Manchin III Democrat Charlotte Pritt Democrat Degree in business - small businessman can bdng common sense to office. 12 years legislative experience - house and senate, enables me to interact effectively at each governmental level. Appointment to State Economic Development Council - informed of Statewide needs and opportunities. Desire to serve, decrease voter apathy, increase pride in West Virginia. B.AJM.A. English Marshall University, taught in WV schools and colleges. Because of my voting record on behalf of election law reform and good government while serving in the WV legislature, I received two awards: The Si Galperin Award 1988, and the Mother Jones Award 1994. When persons sign a petition for third party access to a particular office, I do not believe they should be denied their ability to vote for the remaining offices in their party's primary. Punishment should not be the end result for exercising one's rights. Ballot access should be made easier for third party candidates by reducing the number of names required on the petition and it should be made clear that each citizen has the right to vote whether he/she has signed a petition or not. I would support regulations that allow candidates to donate unused excess campaign funds, at the conclusion of a campaign, back to the political party of their choice or to non-profit, charitable organizations only. Donating unused campaign funds to other candidates shouldn't be used to influence legislators for Speaker of the House or President of the Senate, but donating to charities, or a special fund in the Secretary of States' office for elections, would assist both the democratic process and the community. Poochie Myers Libertarian Poochie has organized festivals, helped with charity drives, developed the ways for economic development in rural areas, instrumental in starting several corporations, organizing the offices and staff, developing the marketing and financing. She was a forerunner for the woman's movement and has taught workshops in the United States and Europe. The creation of the Libertarian Party in our state has shed light on several state election laws that are either contradictory and/or too vague for interpretation. The controversy over petition signatures needs to be examined. We need more people voting. Some states have registration and voting the same day. I would like to see campaign funds minimized so that there wouldn't be any unused funds. I would support a regulation that equals one dollar per capita of the voting area. For instance: a governor race would only have $1,800,000. Unused campaign funds return to the party represented. Bobby Nelson Democrat BA and MA Degrees in political science from Marshall University; postgraduate studies, George Washington University; administrative assistant to former congressman Ken Hechler; WV House of Delegates, 1964-70; WV State Senate, 1970-85; Mayor, city of Huntington, 1986-93; US. Marine corps; Legislative Director, United Mine Workers of America; political science instructor, Marshall. I support returning to 1 percent the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot; clarify law on whether petition signers can vote in the primary. Signing a petition and voting in a party primary election are not mutually exclusive. Election process should encourage broad participation. I strongly support campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of money contributed to, and spent by, candidates in elections; the state should move toward public financing of elections; unused campaign funds should be returned to contributors, donated to charity or used to promote public financing of elections. Mike Oliverio Democrat Education: WVU - B.S MBA, Body President. Employment: L Agent, Northwestern Mutual 191 Military: U.S. Army Reserves, C Politics: Chair, Governor's Corn Crime 1990-92; House of Deleg State Senate 1995-Present. Fa~ Melissa Kirk Oliverio and son M Oliverio, II1. Home: Westover, Monongalia C Third party candidates rarely wil contribute significantly to the po by bringing important issues to I intention, as your next Secretar advocate reducing the number required for a third party candid= ballot access. Winning candidates should be left over campaign funds on rea expenses incurred in the condu duties. Unsuccessful candidate= their funds in their campaign ac races or donate them to politica candidates or charitable organi; regulated by the Secretary of $1 CANDIDATE Robin Jean Davis Democrat Evan H. Jenkins Democrat Bob Bastress Democrat Joe Albright Democrat Warren R. McGraw Democrat BIOGRAPHY West V'eginia 'S Supreme Court has a heavier caseload than those in most states. Would you support the creation of an appellate court fo reduce the caseload? Why or why not? B.S West Virginia Wesleyan, 1978; M.A J.D 1982. Private practice 1982-96. American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993. W.Va. Board of Law Examiners, 1991-96. Supreme Court of Appeals, 1996-present; chief justice, 1998. Initiatives as chief justice: Workers' Compensation Mediation Program; LAWS program; Mass Litigation Rules; W.Va. Trial Court Rules. I support the creation of an intermediate Appellate Court. All administrative appeals are currently appealed directly to the West Virginia Supreme Court. Creation of an Appellate Court provides a highly specialized Court to handle administrative appeals. An Appellate Court would allow cases to proceed more quickly and conclude promptly. West Virginia native and practicing attorney for 12 years. Member, WV House of Delegates. Chairman Pensions and Retirement Committee. Chairman, Children's Justice Sub- committee. Past-president, Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Founder, West Virginians for a Secure Future. Member, Democratic Leadership Council. Church Elder. Married and father of 2 children. I have degrees from Wesleyan, Vanderbilt, and Temple Universities. Since 1978, I have taught constitutional law and labor/ employment law at the W.V.U. law school. I have written, among other texts, a book on the West Virginia Constitution. I have also litigated actively, working mostly without charge on publicly important issues. Justice, Supreme Court 1995-96; House of Delegates 14 years; Speaker, 1995-96; Education chair, 1997-98; Judiciary chair, 1979-85; city attorney and assistant prosecuting attorney; Ethics Commission 1992-95; Married, 7 children and stepchildren; University of Notre Dame, BBA cum laude; Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 1962. Over one-half of the Supreme Court's caseload are workers' compensation cases that the Court voluntarily agrees to review. Prompt payment to injured workers is important. We should carefully look into the reasons why so many cases are being appealed to the Supreme court to begin with. Improved handling of workers' compensation cases could substantially reduce the Court's caseload. I would not support an intermediate court for civil appeals; that would waste litigants' time and money. We should consider an intermediate court for criminal appeals; we are one of only two states that does not guarantee full appellate review of convictions. We should also consider redirecting workers compension appeals. I am prepared to do the work of the Supreme Court as it is presently structured. However, 1 do not object to the creation of an intermediate appellate court should the Legislature create one. UC; WVU; Wake Forest (Baptisl Open hearth steel worker; Carb chemical worker; US Justice De (civil rights-vote fraud); instructc Lecturer; Practice before State- Courts-Administrative Agencies Delegates; Senate; Senate Pre,' Schoolboard; Prosecutor; Supre Justice. Methodist trustee; Natic Outstanding Legislator-Rutger'~ My experience is that the existiw system is adequate; Ihave obs, the Court is not over-burdened. Legislature, however, must ma~, . decision concerning an appellal g~ #'S been suggested thatjudiciel candidates should not accept cant#butions from lawyor What is your opinion on that issue? Candidates for the office of West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals are not permitted to know who makes a contribution to their campaign. Since Supreme Court Justices are elected by the public, each person should have an absolute right to contribute to a judicial candidate regardless of the vocation. Courts are for the people, not the lawyers. I support campaign finance reform. While there are some safeguards under the current ethics rules to keep judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions, more should be done. I oppose any such regulation. Lawyers care most about the courts. To preclude lawyers' participation would unduly protect incumbents, give additional advantages to the already advantaged candidates who have independent wealth, invite surreptitious contributions that would undermine our disclosure laws, and disadvantage candidated who do not represent the wealthy. I make every effort not to know who contributes to my campaign. However, just as doctors have an interest in well-run hospitals, lawyers have a legitimate interest in well-run courts, I see no reason to prohibit them as a class from contributing to judicial candidates. I disagree with that proposition. CANDIDATE Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. Democrat CANDIDATE John D. Perdue Democrat CANDIDATE Gus R. Douglass Democrat BIOGRAPHY A.B M.A, J.B, West Virginia University. General attorney, United States government; counsel to the Governor; West Virginia University staff; private practice; Supreme Court Justice; and extensive continuing legal education. BIOGRAPHY John Perdue, a native of Boone County, is a' graduate of WVU. From 1973 to 1988 he worked for the Agriculture Department, leaving there as Assistant Commissioner. After 8 years as Senior Executive Assistant to Governor Gaston Caperton, he was elected State Treasurer in 1996. John and his wife, Robin, reside BIOGRAPHY Served as Agl 1964-1988 and 1992-present. Also c 400-acre beef cattle farm with my son, Previously owned a farm dealership. I have a bachelor's deg honorary College. Should the A#orney Ganera/ be given greater powers of investigation and prosecution ? The Attorney General should have the authority to investigate and prosecute interstate crimes. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of crimes are committed against our citizens every year by offenders based in other states and they are rarely, if ever, prosecuted because understandably county prosecutors apply limited resources to local violent crimes. How can the Treasurer use the "power of the purse strings" to make other branches of government operate more efficiently? We have developed programs for state agencies to educate them on better cash management practices. Designed to save money, these practices include the use of the Internet to accept payments and related information due the agency; establishing a Iockbox system for processing funds; the timely processing of funds; and processing What pes of drought relief programs are needed in WV and how can we assure the far rs who need relief are se/Yed? Programs must be developed that allow farmer to not only s water for livestock, but also long-term solutions for developing and revegetation to reduce the damage= future droughts. These grant programsi be distributed equally using formulas loss. What do you see as the role of the Attorney General's of Ece in monitoring and prosecuting ethics violations? The Attorney General, as chief law inforcement officer, should investigate and prosecute legal ethics. The Constitution contemplates that all the state's legal services should be performed by the Attorney General. How much power should the Treasurer have regarding investment of state monies? Currently, the Investment Management Board invests both the trust funds of the state (retirement, workers' compensation and black lung) and the operating funds. However, sufficient controls are now in place so that I believe the responsibility for investing the operating funds should reside in the Treasurer's Office, giving the state What measures would you favor to prevent weter po#ution from animal waste runo We must continue to federal and state assistance taken the lead in building friendly livestock feeding areas. have begun, extensive water testing and programs to demonstrate what sources causing problems in our water.