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10 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 27, 200 CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY Wou/d you, as a Comm/ ion suppoff to adopt a building code, compile a capital improvement plan, and enact impact fees on new construction? Would you support a morotorium on cons c#bn until impact fees are imple ntad? David Morgan Smith Democrat Education: '71 Charles Town High; '79 Shepherd Occupation: Technical Marketing Manager Other: Lifelong Resident (46 yrs) R&D Manager: Budget Experience Highway and Utility Construction Experience. Being a believer in representative government, I would support the majority view of the county residents on ALL issues. If I received 101 letters FOR a particular issue and 100 letters AGAINST the same issue, I would support FOR side. Likewise, the opposite case would apply. Again, I would support the majority viewpoint of the residents on this issue. Legalities surround a construction moratorium and investigation into alternative solutions is needed. Maybe the moratorium/lees should target the Mega- Developements, so as not to punish the local building industry, which has served the county , for decades. CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY # elect what would be your top priority in office? Jerry L. Rouss Democrat Education: University of Maryland, A.A. Occupation: Detective Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Other: 34 years law enforcement experience; Baltimore City, Retired, Chief Ranson Police Department; Various law enforcement schools; BNDD Washington DC Narcotics Vice; Y2K list training 40 hrs retraining each year. Palm Beach Co. Detective 13 years. My top priority as sheriff would be earning the trust of our employer, the citizens. There is a communication gap between the citizens and sheriff's office. The trust factor has deteriorated in the last 20 years. Citizens must trust and believe their DIS will handle problems in a professional manner. Kevin A. Alden Republican Education: B.A.~olitical Science - U.T.S.A. Occupation: Poli9 Officer, Security, Teacher/ Coach, Drug Treanent Program Supervisor Other: US. Armyeteran, Graduate of W.V. State Police Academy. Restore pride and protssionalism within the department. Increase ~lary, training and standards. Maximize ~eduling and patrols to benefit all citizens. Elirhate the old boy system. Develop a pro~tive department to meet challenges. Full C~puterization within the department, offices and-uisers. Deputies positively interviewing w~,in junior and senior high schools. Education: Graduate of Gtenville and the WV State Police Academy Occupation: Security Supervisor Other: 22 years with the WV State at the Charles Town Detachment. I would work to improve the response, professional conduct of all members Sheriff's Department. enforcement of DUI and drug laws a priority. I would listen to tht citizens in the various communities a~ respond appropriately to solve their CANDIDATE S. Marshall Harris Democat Everett "Ed" Boober Democrat CANDIDATE George Stebbins Republican BIOGRAPHY e If elect what would be your top priori$, in of#ca? Education: Some college = 3 yrs. Occupation: Re~ired Police Officer Other: Retired police officer, attended the Police Academy, also the following schools, SWAT, Drug Investigation, Radar, Criminal Investigations, Electronic Surveillance, and others. I plan to make the department proactive instead of reactive, develop and initiate community policing program in the neighborhoods, help develop programs for the youth in the county, increase the size of the department, continuous 24 hour patrol, establish beat structure, more involvement with the schools, and much more. Education: A.S. Criminal Justice, Police and Drug Enforcement Academy's Occupation: Safety/Training Manager Other: 30 years law enforcement. Chief of Police - 9 years, Ranson, WV. 26 yeas - management. Elevate the quality of law enforcement service through heightened communication and a personalized approach to citizen concerns and emergency response situations. To combat crime, create a "one officer, one location" model which will foster interactive communication, understanding, commitment and partnership, adding value to service and safety to our communities. BIOGRAPHY Education: Harvard College, CathLc University, Universidad de los Ande Nanzan University. Occupation: Documentation Speciali', Other: Paralegal Studies Certificate; 2 years' volunteer work in police-commun, relations. What of AItomab've Sente if,If any, would you support for/Ttst.#mg domesb'c violence offenders? I am unable to respond because Canon 5, C~ of Judicial Conduct, prevents the candidate fr~ making "statements that commit or appear to commit the candidate with respect to cases, controversies or issues that are likely to come before the court[.]" (Section A (3) (d) (ii)) Education: Shepherd College, Magistrate Training Conferences Occupation: Magistrate Other: 21+ years experience in the System. Certified by the West VirginiS Supreme Court of Appeals. I, do not believe the best interest of the such a crime. Counseling for underlying problems involved. CANDIDATE Katherine Santucci Democrat Bill Senseney Democat Steve Groh Republican Stacey Dawn McDonald Democrat Mary . BIOGRAPHY t ' What type of A/temative . Sentoncin,If any, would you : i support for tirst.time, domestic ,violence offenders? Education: College Degree Occupation: Magistrate Education: BS in Business Administration from WVU Occupation: Sheriff & Treasurer Education: Juris Doctor, university of Virginia Law School, Bachelor of Arts, William College, Phi Beta Kappa. Other: 8 Years as Magistrate. Training and certification by WV Supreme Court - 25 years administrative, business and supervisory experience. Other: Sheriff & Treasurer for 2 terms, Managed a local business for 15 years. Occupation: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Other: Years of experience as a trial lawyer. Currently, individuals sentenced for domestic violence are frequently required to attend intervention programs addressing the problem and reoccurrence. Adjudication is complicated as cases can range from mild, single incidents to serious repeated violence. However, the ever-present likelihood of repeated violence requires that effective alternative sentencing be remedial in nature. The search for more effective ways to combat the problem of domestic violence is one of the most urgent tasks facing our community today. Batterer's Intervention Programs for first-time offenders, if properly applied and strictly administered, may help fight the problem at its source and reduce its recurrence. As a prosecutor, I face the difficult issue of domestic violence on a daily basis. The Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits a Magistrate from pre- determining any sentence. So, as a Magistrate, I would fairly and impartially judge each case independently ad according to the law. Education: Currently working towards Bachelor's Degree in Labor Law, Nation Labor College. Occupation: Genicom Corporation, Sales Rep. Other: Former United States Navy, C1A, and Municipal Court Judge. I support treatment programs. Unfortunately, they are rarely enough. Treatment begins with the issuance of a restraining order or arrest for domestic violence and continues with successful prosecution and significant, enforced sanctions. Tough monitoring is a mustf These programs must operate within broader context of a comprehensive intervention effort. Education-ligh School college COLas; National Paralegal Sdies Institute of Occupation: agistrate Other: Contin~g leg; Magistrate trai~g conferences; with private lawm. Code of Judicial C'duct, states "A candidate.;hall not (i) make or promises of cond.t in office ~ statements that cornt or candidate with respe,to cases. or issues likely to com~.efore the Therefore, I can't ansvr. t CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY What ideas do you have to further communication with teachers or improving academic standards and student motivag n? Doris M. Cline Education: J.M.U. 2 years Occupation: Retired - Jefferson County Schools Other: 7-1/2 years on Board - Presently VP. 150 hours Continuing Education, including 72 hours since 1998. Active in schools. On improving academic standards for students, the Board is re-emphasizing use of standard test results to pinpoint areas of student weakness and use of this information to focus on improvement. Teachers continualty attempt to motivate students but much of their success depends on emphasis placed on education in the home. Geary Johns Education: B.S Florida State University Occupation: Financial Analyst for EDS Other: Computer Programming Degree, Computer Tech Requisite Training to sit for the CPA Exam, Howard Community College As the only Board of Education member to maintain a website, I would use the internet to improve communications with parents and teachers. My website,, would contain up-to-date reports on local education issues, issues before the board, an analysis of each board meeting, and my views on the issues. Paul R. Manzuk Dr. Lori R. Stilley Education: BS degree in Pharmacy from WVU Occupation: Pharmacist - owns and operates local pharmacy Other: Currently serving on school board; over 100 hours of training for board members; past President of Wright Denny PTA; Chamber of Commerce and UGF; Co-chairman of 1973 Comprehensive Educational Facilities for Jefferson County Education: BA English 1985; Masters Education 1987; Penn State Ph.D. Education 1987, Pitt Occupation: mother, CFO Resort/Marina Other: Taught 12th grade 3 years, college 4 years 1) Provide in-services at each school centered around the topics of academic standards and student motivation. 2) Pay for graduate classes leading to a masters or doctoral degree. 3) Hire more aides to allow more quality time with individual students and Reading/Math specialists to work with the students who need extra help. I believe we can further communication about standards and student motivation by scheduling in-service training for teachers relating to these issues. The BOE can also work to provide teachers with resources such as information from current journals end texts, and can send selected teachers to conferences within their field. The following did not respondo Questionnarie. Phillip Maggio - State Legislature Michael Thompson - Prosecuting Attorney Ginger Bordier - Assessor