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U.S. Senate candidate: Natalie Tennant (D)

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 02:40 PM

COUNTY: Kanawha

PARTY: Democrat


Growing up as the youngest of seven on our family farm, I learned how to do more with less. I brought those West Virginia values to the Secretary of State’s office, where I cut the budget and gave $3 million back to taxpayers. I’m running to bring those values to the Senate and put West Virginia first - www.natalietennant.com.


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

West Virginia deserves better. We have a responsibility to make sure this never happens again. I support the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, which sets standards, requires inspections and makes sure companies pay for cleanup. I fought for medical testing and loans for small businesses that had to shut down. I will keep fighting for answers and accountability.

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

Anyone who works hard for 40 hours a week should be able to feed their family and pay the mortgage. It’s time to raise the minimum wage. West Virginia has what it takes to lead the country in high-paying manufacturing, technology and energy jobs. Let’s end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas and invest in West Virginia jobs.

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

The freedom of the people to elect their representatives is a cornerstone of Democracy. I support updating the Voting Rights Act to protect the rights of all eligible citizens to cast a ballot.
There is too much secret, special interest money influencing our elections. I support limits on out-of-state special interest money.

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?

I support our booming natural gas industry and I know we can grow natural gas jobs safely and responsibly with input from local communities. We must also find ways to create even more jobs using our natural gas right here in West Virginia after it’s extracted. Bringing cracker plants to West Virginia is the first step.

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.

Generations of veterans have fought to defend our democracy, including the right to vote.  As Secretary of State, I have worked hard to make sure that all eligible West Virginians have the opportunity to have their voice heard and cast a ballot. I oppose laws that stand in the way of legally eligible Americans exercising their right to vote.

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

Anyone who works 40 hours a week should be able to put food on the table. It’s time for Washington to follow West Virginia’s lead and raise the minimum wage. I will also work to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas and invest in giving American workers the quality education and job training they need to succeed. 

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