U.S. House 2 candidate: Nick Casey (D)
COUNTY: Kanawha County
I’ve been a lawyer and an accountant for 37 years. My wife, Mary, and I were born and have lived worked in West Virginia all of our lives. We are blessed that our two children are living and working in WV. I’m active with my church’s charities and enjoy spending part of my summers working on homes in Clay County.
1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?
I support a regular inspection process for chemical storage tanks. Our water utilities need to have better emergency planning. Our water infrastructure, and filters, needs repaired and upgraded. We have too many water main breaks, leaks, and service disruptions. We should have a secondary in-take and backup supplies. All basic things an advanced nation like America should have.
2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?
We need more people to enter the workforce and get off government assistance. Raising the minimum wage, job training, and drug rehabilitation will help. Sound budgeting, a top-to-bottom review of the tax code, and a greater investment into our crumbling infrastructure will create jobs. I’m an accountant and know how to set financial priorities and fund them.
3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?
Citizens United must be overturned. The Supreme Court should have never allowed unlimited secret campaign donations to fund ads. Voters deserve to know the source of campaign ads to enable them to make an informed decision on their truthfulness. Our laws must make voting accessible to all voters. Efforts to restrict early voting, for example, are reprehensible.
4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?
West Virginia has the coal, gas, wind, and hydro energy that our country needs. Washington however does not have a workable energy plan. The EPA is constantly changing the rules. Congress must set energy policy, not the EPA. I will fight for common-sense rules so that businesses and workers can plan their investments and careers. America must be energy independent.
5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?
The fact that our fiscal house is not in order. America’s military might and our way of life are threatened most by our own debt. Our debt makes it harder to support our values, allies, and national security interests around the globe. We must be fiscally responsible.
6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?
Territorial expansion and aggression by Russia against its neighbors, who want peace and closer ties with America and the rest of the world, must be stopped. Progressively tougher sanctions against the Russian government and its leaders must be enacted until Putin stops his aggression.
7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
Teachers need to be allowed to teach more and worry less about testing regulations. We need to uplift the teaching profession and give teachers the respect they deserve. Federal spending needs to be directed to classroom level activities. Our kids will reap the benefits.
8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?
After 50 votes trying to repeal it and approval by the Supreme Court of the act, we know it will not be repealed. Let’s put aside politics and help people deal with the act. I support delaying the mandates until Congress fixes the problems. Congress needs to work to fix it instead of wasting time and money being political.
9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
The federal government needs to be a partner with the states. Currently the federal government provides substantial workforce development funding, but with too many strings attached. We should let the state and local program directors have more flexibility to train workers for local job openings.
10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?
No. I respect the Second Amendment and own guns. No gun-ownership registry or list is appropriate. We need to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the mentally ill. The mentally-ill to need to be treated this can be done with bipartisan support instead of a divisive gun debate.
11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?
This is plaguing our communities, breaking up families, and keeping many people from getting jobs or keeping jobs. The federal government can and should deal with this problem by requiring that drugs, which can be easily converted to an illegal use, require a prescription. Responsible doctors and health care professionals are our first line of defense.
12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?
Congress can provide more funding for infrastructure projects like sidewalks, parks, trails, and bike paths to give people the opportunity to exercise. This costs money that we cannot afford unless Congress reprioritizes our spending, adopts sound budgets, and stops governing with fiscal cliffs, shutdowns, and debt ceilings.
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