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, PIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 27, 2000 9 Glen B. Gainer, III Democrat IOGRAPHY Graduated from Wood County public schools, attended Washington Center for Learning, and received B.A. Degree from the University of Charleston. Has worked in both private and public sectors and was first elected State Auditor in 1992. Recently selected to serve on the Board of the National Association of State Comptroller. ! exlVain how the roles of The State Auditor has the constitutional obligation to initiate all payments of monies out ot the State Treasury. As the 'watchdog' of the State's money, the Auditor serves an essential check. The Auditor also has the responsibility to receive complaints regarding waste, fraud or misuse of State monies. CANDIDATE Herb Snyder BIOGRAPHY Democrat Education: BS Shepherd College - Chemistry/ Business. Occupation: Chemist / Lab Director Other: County Commissioner, 6 years / State Senator, 4 years. Dale Manuel Democrat Education: B.A Shepherd College; M.S Sh~ppensburg University Occupation: Elementary Educator Other: 12 years service in the West Virginia House of Delegates: t989-2000. Vice-chairman: Houseof Committee on Education John Doyle Democrat Education: B.S. (Political Science) Shepherd College Occupation: Real Estate Sales. Radio Talk Show host. Other: Member of House of Delegates 1983-85 and 1993-present. As one of 13 members, but only one of three publicly elected officials view my role as representative of all citizens over the investment and safekeeping of these trust funds. The State Budget Digest is money appropriated outside He budget process. How would you change the legisla#ve Budget Digest process? The legislature as a body should vote on the digest. The senate has been fair with the budget digest request. I strongly oppose policy vs. money being decided in the digest. Currently, only a small number ot legislators on the Budget Conference Committee vote on the Digest. The most important change we can make is to The Digest should require a vote by the entire allow the full membership of the House and Legislature. Further, a more objective criteria should Senate to vote on the digest. We should do this be adopted for evaluation of individual funding within the context of keeping the digest advisory requests including a per capita division of available in nature. We should not make the digest a funding, formal mandate. What changes would you like to see in West Virginia's administration of welfare funds to allow more people to rise above the poverty level? We need to encourage more money and programs for persons to better themselves through education ad to pay for 2 and 4 year college degrees and additional training programs. Greater emphasis should be placed on providing funding for education and training to help individuals gain skills to facilitate finding employment. Coordination between the DHHR and community colleges should help achieve the objective. This education should be considered as work so the individual can receive financial help as he trains. People should have grater flexibility to attend college and get degrees before being forcibly removed from the rolls. E Fred Blackrmr Republian George F. Quinn Republican Robert C. (Bob) Tabb Democrat CANDIDATE David Hartley Sanders Democrat Education: North Stracuse Cntral school system, S.U.N.Y. @ Alfred Occupation: Self employe,residential home improvements. Other: I have been publ~Y and privately active in local and state issue,=Or 8 years. I continue to serve on appointed pards and agencies. Education: B.S, Major- Business Administration/Accounting; Minor- Psychology Occupation: Restaurant Owner / General Manager Education: Jefferson County Schools - VA Tech Occupation: Owner/Operator Town & Country Nursery Other: Parent, Employer, EMT, Firefighter, and my involvement with 4-H, PTA, Fairboard, Vocational Advisory Council. BIOGRAPHY Education: U. Wisconsin - History - WVU Law Occupation: Judge Other: from family of ~awyers, I've been a photographer, a journalist, a lawyer in private practice, and a public defender. r et0 If current Legislatorsre unable or unwilling to formulate equitable quest and distribution procedures, the onlway to change it would be to eliminate therogram. The $35+ Million could then be give to the School Building Authority which h~ rules. Distribution of funds should be based on necessity than on who has seniority or whether or not they are liked by those in control. A way needs to be found to set priorities on needs; education and growth needs having top priority over seniority or those in the power structure. Continuing edu=tion and technical training are essential ements in any effort to escape poverty. Our elfare and public assistance programs mL, allow those who seek to improve theiamilies financial condition must be allowed ,complete a certification or degree proam in the shortest amount time. (a.) Set a time limit for welfare funds, allowing for extenuating circumstances. (b.) Participants should be required to advance their education to a GED, high school or vocationa~training school level. (c.) Upon completion of school, job training should be provided by the state in an area for which the participant is qualified. I believe the legislature should allocate funds based on needs rather than politics. The citizens of WV deserve to be treated equally. Education is the key to reduction of poverty. Expanded vocational and technical training will create opportunities not currently available to many citizens in WV. Child care and medical coverage are issues that must be addressed dudng the educational process. What /pe of Afernatiye Sentencing meesures, if any, wou/d you, as judge, impose? In the appropriate case, "work release from jail," "incarceration as condition of probation," "home incarceration," "shock probation," or "community service" are available. These options, used appropriately, can punish and rehabilitate while keeping people employed and families together, securing restitution to victims, and reducing the burden of sky-rocketing jail fees. IDIDATE Gray Silver, III Democrat Christopher C. Wilkes Republican Patrick G. Henry, III Democrat David A. Camilletti Democrat Thomas W. Steptoe, Jr. Democrat Martinsburg High School; )niversity of Virginia; West Virginia University Law School Occupation: Lawyer Other: Former Assistant Attorney General, Trial Division, West Virginia, and trial attorney twenty years. Education: B.A. - W.V.U.; J.D. - Ohio Northern University Occupation: Circuit Judge Other: Completed General Jurisdiction Course, National Judicial College; Numerous Continuing Judicial Education Seminars; Seven years Municipal Judge Education: Law Degree - W.V.U 1974 Occupation: Attorney Other: Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 1974-1984; Circuit J udge 1985- 1992; Practicing Law- 25 years; Extensive Mediation Experience Education: J.D. West Virginia University College of Law Occupation: Attorney at Law, Criminal and Civil Trials Other: Administrator, Glenville State College 1989-1991 Education: University of Virginia, BA, English, 1974; WVU College of Law, JD, 1977. Occupation: Circuit Court Judge, 23rd Circuit, 1985 to date. Other: Member, West Virginia House of Delegates, 1980-1984. My primary consideration would always be public safety. However, incarceration is expensive to taxpayers. I would consider practical, safe alternatives for nonviolent offenders. Options to consider, with close monitoring, include electronic home confinement with offenders to pay cost, counseling for alcohol and drug offenders, restitution to victims, and community work. I would and have considered imposing any type of alternative sentence as allowed by law. I believe a Judge should fully and carefully weigh the offense, criminal history of the defendant and prospects of successful completion of an alternative sentence in cases that do not involve violence to the person. The Legislature prescribes the presumptive sentence of incarceration of criminal offenders unless the Court can find that the public good does not demand incarceration. ff the public good can be served, alternative sentences established by the Legislature may be considered. A judge must follow the law in each individual case. Alternative Sentencing is any type of sanction for a criminal offense. Therefore, it is a tool to be used at the Judges discretion on a case by case basis. Alternatives such as jai~ on weekends, work release, probation, home detention, community service, rehabilitation and/or counseling area all viable options in the proper case. Canon 5A(3)(d)(ii) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which provides that "A candidate for judicial office shall not: make statements that commit or appear to commit the candidate with respect to cases, controversies or issues that are likely to come before the court ", prohibits me from answering this question. Bill Hoak Democrat Jane Tabb Republican Delores Milstead Democrat Robert W. Dodson Democrat Robert E. "Bobby" Ott Democrat Education: Harpers Ferry High School Occupation: Vice-President, Jefferson Asphalt Products Co Inc. Other: Business management, planning and over seeing road projects, subdivisions and shopping centers. Working with city, county, state and federal government agencies. Education: BS Dairy Science Occupation: Farmer, Property Manager, Writer Other: Attended County Commission meetings regularly since 1991. Volunteer activities: schools, 4-H, America's Promise, Family Resource Network, Fair Board. Education: Bachelors - Miami University, Oxford, Ohio Occupation: Independent Contractor Other: Led efforts to obtain funding to reduce drainage problems in Middleway - previously owned business employing 20 people. Education: Graduate of Charles Town High 1970 Occupation: Owner-Operator of Dodson Plumbing and Heating - Have been doing business in the county for over 30 yrs. Other: Life tong resident of the county and has mechanical and working experience. Also, has constant contact with the residents of the county. Education: HFHS Graduate, Attended Shepherd College, ELBA School Insurance. Occupation: Realtor and Insurance Agent Other: 4-H Leaders Association, Jefferson FFA Alumni President, Bardane Community Center- President, Jefferson County Fair AssocJation, American Legion, AARP, WVAR, NAR. a capita/ a. Building code - yes b. Capital improvement plan- yes c. Impact fees on new construction - If what is meant is the levying of impact fees on development projects- yes. (Impact fees cannot be assessed on "new construction") Building codes and capital improvement plans are required under the Code before impact fees may be assessed. Yesf Adopting building codes satisfies requirements for the Local Powers Act and enables the county to impose impact fees. A capital improvement plan would analyze the county's critical areas and give direction to addressing those needs (how to spend collected impact fees). To impose impact fees, there must be a capital improvement plan and a building code (exempting existing structures). The county should adopt impact fees, phased in to allow the market time to absorb them. Impact fees fund schools, roads, etc. Necessitated by development and avoid increased taxes for current residents. I would like to see a way created to enact impact fees on new housing. I would support a building code if enforced and would not be such a tax burden on businesses that it would have to be passed on to current residents. Yes, Building Code and Capital Improvement P{an with the greater value on infrastructure for water, sewer, roads and emergency services. Developmental rights would be a vehicle to balance growth both residentially and industrially, thus attracting commercial and industrial development and retaining the green space. No - a moratorium on construction is not authodzed by the WV Code. The County Commission may only enact ordinances, including moratoriums, that are authorized by state law. The first obligation of the County Commission should be to obey and follow the laws of the State. I would not suppod a moratorium because it is illegal and it infringes on property rights. Though the county's infrastructure is under severe pressure, constitutional dghts cannot be ignored. If legal, I would only support a moratorium in an extreme emergency and for a very limited length of time. The current legal opinion is that the county has no authority to impose a moratorium. Therefore, it is imperative that the county take the necessary action to impose impact fees on new subdivision development. Failure to do so will pl~ce a crippling tax burden on current residents. I don't want to see the normal construction in the county crippled by such a moratorium, but something proposed as large as Hunt Field, which will have this type of impact on the county, should be given consideration for a moratorium until comprehensive plan review is completed. Not at this time.