W.Va. State Senate 5 candidate: Robert Alexander (D)
PERSONAL STATEMENT: Loves Kids and Pets, Helpful to the Elderly, A voice for the people, Wants to serve and do what is best for all concerned, Will base decisions on phone calls and fact finding information from the public. I will not push special interest agendas. For Jobs and Education. Just Common Sense Representation.
EDUCATION: BBA Marshall University
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Owner Financial Service Firm, Three Years.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: 22 years in Medical Sales former occupation
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Member Huntington and Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, President Nominee Putnam County Rotary.
FAMILY: Married 21 years, two children both attending Cabell County Schools.
1. Are you satisfied that the Legislature has done enough to protect West Virginians from chemical spills? Please explain.
Generally Senate Bill 373 made a huge improvement in regulation of storage tanks. The question is will the state fund the enforcement. If enforced this shall protect the citizens.
2. What steps would you recommend to improve West Virginia’s economy?
The state needs more favorable corporate tax laws. Strive to develop an educated work force to fill jobs. Welders and union trained builders need to get a head start on education in local vocational schools. We also need college graduates stay in WV. The entire workforce needs to be proficient in computer skills.
3. Do you think more needs to be done to ensure high school graduates are competent? Explain.
Every young women or man needs to be prepared by trade schools to either enter the work force or be prepared for college. Education is a lifelong process and all the population needs to work to gain more education on a daily basis.
4. How do you propose keeping more students in school and reducing the truancy rate?
Two reasons kids will not come to school, First nobody cares; we need to make sure the school system has a way to make every young person feels they have worth. Second I have to work to help the family, we need flexible school hours so young adults can work and come to school at a time that works for them either at night..
5. What can the state government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
In more than 200 studies I looked at, the Bottom Line was there is no way to create good schools without good teachers. The teacher should be given freedom to create an outstanding learning environment and be compensated accordingly. Learning should be fun and not mandated by a single test.
6. What can the state government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
The state needs to work more toward training the youth on strong trade skills. It’s a shame that many union trade schools are located in Columbus and Louisville. Many workers must travel out of state for final certifications. The technical colleges have made great strides in the past two years. Universities are a key to source of development as well.
7. What more should the state do to battle the prescription drug crisis?
Provide jobs so people do not get discouraged and are too busy to have down time to just party because of boredom. The ones already addicted need adequate treatment centers to break the addiction. We can legislate tougher prescription standards but the real answer may be drug awareness programs in schools.
8. Are there more steps the state should take to reduce obesity?
The most effective program is education of nutrition and exercise programs at all grade levels. The Jamie Oliver program has helped in Cabell County Schools, and Healthy Huntington has done a great job of promoting exercise through 5k runs. Series weight lose should always be supervised by a doctor.
9. How could the state help small businesses grow in West Virginia?
The economy has hurt small business with the decreasing coal economy caused by the EPA regulations. The other issue often brought up by my clients is the confusion and constant change of affordable health care act. The uncertainty over these federal issues has slowed development and revenue at the state level. The state Senate should work with federal elected official on clear goals that support West Virginians.
10. Do you think the state should do more to reduce the size of the prison population?
More home confinement could reduce cost; we need to look at decreasing drug abuse through treatment centers, community service should be required to help clean up the community.
11. What measures do you support that would improve the lives of West Virginians, especially children, who are living in poverty?
Correct income inequality between men and women. The elderly, single parents and people who did not get a high school education are most vulnerable. Continually provide programs that help people help themselves. Educate people on what is available. Children need to make sure they get proper nutritional, medical and academic help through chips and head start.
12. What measures do you support on fracking/horizontal drilling that would protect people living near drilling sites?
I would promote reasonable and responsible oil and gas regulation, which encourages the development of our resources and spurs economic growth. I am cautious about forced pooling and the rule of capture. Private property owners should be given reasonable negotiations on their mineral rights and not bullied into a forced agreement.
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