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Election candidate profile

Sep. 30, 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: Earl Ray Tomblin

CANDIDATE FOR: West Virginia governor

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Chapmanville, W.Va.

BIOGRAPHY: I am a lifelong West Virginian who spent his career working to make West Virginia a better place. I have degrees from WVU and Marshall, and before becoming governor served as state Senate president. I'm proud to have helped position our state to take advantage of our tremendous potential.

QUESTION & ANSWER: What would you do to help West Virginia build an economy less reliant on extraction industries?

"While our state is diversifying its economy with investments like Toyota, Macy's, and Gestamp, I believe our coal and natural gas industries will continue to play a significant role well into the future. We must invest in clean coal technology, and the economic impacts of shale drilling will be significant."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Tomblin faces Republican Bill Maloney, Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson and Libertarian David Moran 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.