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Election candidate profile: Josh Stowers

Sep. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

The 2012 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. We are running profiles from candidates who have filled out our questionnaire. For answers to more questions from this candidate and others, visit Herald-Dispatch.com. Click Elections, then Local Races. If a candidate has submitted his or her profile information and questions, the candidate's name will be a blue hyperlink to that information. Candidates' replies appear as they were submitted and have not been edited.

NAME: Josh Stowers

CANDIDATE FOR: State House, District 22

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Alum Creek, W.Va.


EDUCATION: BS- Biology- Concord College; MS- Education and Educational Leadership- Marshall University.

CURRENT OFFICE: Member of House of Delegates (2008-Present)

WORK HISTORY: Middle School Administrator.

FAMILY: Wife, Jennifer; children, Reilly, 14 years, and Joshua, 10 months.

QUESTION & ANSWER: What should the Legislature do to help West Virginia build an economy less reliant on extraction industries?

"First, I believe that extractive industries are hamstrung with regulations by an out-of touch and over-reaching federal EPA. Furthermore, I don't believe that we should be running from these industries, rather supplementing them by diversifying our economy in growth areas such as health care, biotechnology, and tourism-based businesses."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Stowers faces Democrat Jeff Eldridge and Republicans Gary L. Johngrass and Michel G. Moffatt for two open seats.

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