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U.S. House 1 candidate: Glen Gainer (D)

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 02:33 PM


PARTY: Democrat


As West Virginia's State Auditor for the last 22 years, I've served as the state's fiscal watchdog. I brought Republicans and Democrats together to find common-sense solutions to cut wasteful spending, protect our tax dollars, and create the right environment for business to create jobs. Now I'm running for Congress to bring some West Virginia common-sense and values to Washington. www.glengainerforcongress.com


1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

I support the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act sponsored by Senator Manchin that provides oversight of chemical facilities by requiring regular state inspections of storage facilities, state-approved emergency response plans, allows states to recoup costs incurred from responding to emergencies and ensures water systems have the necessary tools and information to respond to emergencies.

2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?

First and foremost we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage. The majority of people living in poverty are the working poor. They get up early every day and work hard for a paycheck that doesn’t begin to cover the bare necessities. These workers end up requiring public assistance in the form of Medicaid, SNAP and other programs.

3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?

I favor repeal of Citizens United which is the most serious threat to the concept of one person one vote our democracy has faced in the modern era. Furthermore, we need a system that is transparent so that people know who is behind the big money third party expenditure campaigns that have played a big role in recent elections.

Herald-Dispatch questions:

4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?

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5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?

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6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?

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7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?

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8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?

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9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?

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10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?

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11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?

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12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?

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13.  What action by Congress would you favor to address concerns about the environmental effects of natural gas extraction, particularly the process of fracking?

It is vital that we work with and support the emerging natural gas industry as this means new jobs and tax revenue for West Virginia. In doing so we do have to be mindful of any potential environmental impacts resulting form the tracking process. This means partnering with the industry to ensure safety standards are maintained rather than imposing burdensome regulations at the outset.

14.  Do you favor legislation to amend the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from adopting restrictive laws that make registering and voting difficult for large numbers of legally eligible voters? Explain.

Yes, the right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and states should in no way be permitted to enact laws which restrict the rights of legally eligible voters.

15.  What measures would you support to address the growing income disparity among Americans?

The first thing we need to do is raise the minimum wage in this country. Doing so will help lift countless working West Virginian’s out of poverty and help them support their families. We also need to make every effort to support local businesses, helping them grow and create jobs here in our communities.

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