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W.Va. House 18 candidate: Joe Hutchinson (D)

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

PARTY: Democrat

HOME CITY: Huntington


E-MAIL ADDRESS: joe.hutchinson@comcast.net

PERSONAL STATEMENT: I'm a lifelong resident of Cabell County. My father worked at Owens Illinois and my mother was devoted to her children. I have held many jobs in the entertainment industry traveling the country, but I always returned home. I am now retired and running for House of Delegates to be what I have never had, a representative that will not just HEAR what people have to say, but listen, care and DO something. I have no special interest or agenda. My goal is to serve the people that elect me.


AGE: 51

EDUCATION: Huntington East High School / Marshall University.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Cabell County Democratic Executive Committee (By Proxy and Elect) 2014.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Delegate for IATSE Local 369.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Past appointee Cabell County Commission on Crime Delinquency and Corrections.

FAMILY: wife, Jennifer Henderson (together 23 years); parents, John and Helen Hutchinson; in-laws, Gary Henderson and Linda Henderson Adkins.


1. Are you satisfied that the Legislature has done enough to protect West Virginians from chemical spills? Please explain.

No. There should be a minimum distance from waterways that companies are allowed to place chemical storage tanks. Chemical storage tanks should have a mandatory containment bed around each one.

2. What steps would you recommend to improve West Virginia’s economy?

Jobs. Bring large companies to WV with utility rate cuts and tax incentives. For example, NY State is now offering ten years tax free for any business bringing jobs to the state.

3. Do you think more needs to be done to ensure high school graduates are competent? Explain.

I have faith in our teachers. If an individual graduates from high school, they should be competent.

4. How do you propose keeping more students in school and reducing the truancy rate?

There are no laws that will keep a child from being truant or make parents provide proper guidance. The laws already in place (driver's license restrictions, charges against parents, etc.) must continue being enforced.

5. What can the state government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?

It is not possible to legislate a child into reaching his/her full potential. The state is attempting to improve facilities and fund additional resources which should be continued.

6. What can the state government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?

Offer tax incentives to businesses that will recruit and train West Virginians with on the job training and apprenticeships.

7. What more should the state do to battle the prescription drug crisis?

There is nothing more to do. Currently, law abiding citizens with a valid need for prescription medications are being inconvenienced. Doctors and pharmacists are bogged down by regulations. This has not stopped the drug abuse. Only strict punishment for drug abusers will make a difference. Less regulation on prescription drugs and more accountability on drug violators.

8. Are there more steps the state should take to reduce obesity?

No. The state cannot regulate the shopping habits of any West Virginian. Information is made readily available by the state and the federal government regarding health effects of obesity. It is up to each person and each family to act on that information.

9. How could the state help small businesses grow in West Virginia?

Tax breaks and utility rate incentives.

10. Do you think the state should do more to reduce the size of the prison population?

No. We should build bigger/more prisons. Expand the prison system instead of providing early release to prisoners that do not deserve it. Do the crime-do the time. With larger prisons, we could house prisoners from other states and make a great deal of profit. This would provide more jobs and may deter crime while boosting our economy.

11. What measures do you support that would improve the lives of West Virginians, especially children, who are living in poverty?

There are already multiple programs in place, we just need to make sure they are funded. Explore alternative funding such as a 10% tax on electronic cigarettes and on liquid nicotine products.

12. What measures do you support on fracking/horizontal drilling that would protect people living near drilling sites?

Proper regulation of this industry is key. Local residents should be entitled to full disclosure.

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