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Election candidate profile

Sep. 26, 2012 @ 11:15 PM

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: Michael "Mike" Bright

CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. Senate 4

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Ripley, W.Va.

BIOGRAPHY: AGE: 60

EDUCATION: Graduate Point Pleasant High School, Attended Marshall University, Graduate West Virginia State Police Academy.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): Jackson County Sheriff, two terms.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Retired, West Virginia State Police.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member; American Legion, Life Member; Marine Corps League, Life Member; Cottageville Lodge #54, AF & AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Parkersburg; International Order of Odd Fellow, #30; American Motorcyclists Association; Harley Owners Group (HOG); West Virginia Troopers Association; West Virginia Sheriff's Association; Fraternal Order of Police; National Rifle Association, Life Member.

FAMILY: Debra L. Bright, Wife

QUESTION & ANSWER: In order to continue meeting West Virginia's balanced budget requirement, what specific programs would you cut or eliminate?

"Without the information to be specific, I would examine the first proposed budget and eliminate waste that is blatantly obvious. At first glance, there seems to be far too much travel to out of state conferences and training seminars by both legislators and state employees."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Bright faces Republican Mitch B. Carmichael in the general election.

CANDIDATES: To add your information to our Election site, email your contact information to Online Editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com.

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