W.Va. House 15 candidate: Geoff Foster (R)
HOME CITY: Winfield
HOME COUNTY: Putnam
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I am part owner in Foster Supply. We are one who is creating jobs, and I plan on continuing to make that a top priority in the legislature.
EDUCATION: College graduate at the University of KY
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Corporate Operation Manager at Foster Supply. I have worked there full time for 5 years.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Worked for environmental construction installing landfill liners since the age of 16 during my summers while in school.
1. Are you satisfied that the Legislature has done enough to protect West Virginians from chemical spills? Please explain.
No. There was new legislation introduced, but it will not work because current regulation could have stopped the problem now if properly followed up on.
2. What steps would you recommend to improve West Virginia’s economy?
Time limit on the permitting process, and accountability for appointed officials.
3. Do you think more needs to be done to ensure high school graduates are competent? Explain.
Yes, If students fail they should be held back and properly complete the course.
4. How do you propose keeping more students in school and reducing the truancy rate?
We have to be able to continually attract the best teachers to our state.
5. What can the state government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
Put more responsibility back on the students themselves and the parents when students are struggling. We also need to reward achievement and recognize the best students.
6. What can the state government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
Get government of the backs of small businesses so that they can grow. Make sure WV stays in a business friendly tax bracket.
7. What more should the state do to battle the prescription drug crisis?
Better equip our police officers that are dealing directly with the problem. Put WV back to work. Make possession of drug paraphernalia illegal in all areas of WV. Investigate clinics that are over prescribing pain pills.
8. Are there more steps the state should take to reduce obesity?
Government should not be so involved social issues that they are trying to control peoples choices.
9. How could the state help small businesses grow in West Virginia?
In most cases the state needs to just get out of the way and allow it to happen. Remove EPA’s jurisdiction in WV and allow it to all be handled in state by the DEP. We also need time limits on the permitting process.
10. Do you think the state should do more to reduce the size of the prison population?
86% of crime is related to drugs. If we fix that problem then we will also fix this one.
11. What measures do you support that would improve the lives of West Virginians, especially children, who are living in poverty?
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12. What measures do you support on fracking/horizontal drilling that would protect people living near drilling sites?
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