County Commission Candidates for the 2014 Primary

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Spring 2014, Eight Rivers Council invited county commission candidates in the primary to respond to questions. All candidates responded except for Charles Wilfong, who ran unopposed in the primary but did not win election. Jamie Walker did not run in that election cycle.

Following is Eight Rivers Council Report:

In order to assist our members in deciding how to vote for County Commissioner in the upcoming primary, May 6, Eight Rivers sent all candidates a list of 13 questions. All candidates but one answered.  Click on the questions, below, to see the candidate responses. The text of the responses has been edited for formatting only. Candidates are listed in the same order as the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Web site. Click each link below.

  1. What kind of development do you see as appropriate/inappropriate for this county?  Why?
  2. How would you create jobs?
  3. What is the role of tourism?
  4. How important is internet/broadband?  How would you improve it?
  5. Would you support land use planning if it grandfathered in all existing uses?
  6. What would you do about the drug problem among our youth?
  7. What do you think are the top three issues facing the county? What are your ideas about addressing them?
  8. What threatens the county?
  9. What do you know about the Pocahontas Water Resources Management Plan? What would you do to protect our water?
  10. What do you think about the Wilderness Society’s proposal for a National Monument in Pocahontas County?
  11. What do you know about the proposed dumping of fracking waste? Do you think it is a good idea for Pocahontas County?
  12. What do you think about fracking?  Please give consideration to roads, noise, water and waste disposal as well as any other concerns in your answer.
  13. Numerous municipalities, even whole countries, have banned fracking.  Would you vote to do so?