Candidate profile: Joyce Holland
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NAME: Joyce Holland
CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. House 17 (which covers part of Cabell County)
DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: While lawmakers are elected by the people to serve as their representative voice in government, they are also professionals in other occupations. This is known as a part-time Legislature. All 100 House of Delegates seats are up for election every two years. The salary is $20,000 per calendar year.
EDUCATION: Marshall University - Marketing; Paralegal Studies.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Consultant- Marketing and Business Strategies Small Business owner.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: MarkeTrends, Research & Planning - Consultant/Owner; Baxter Diagnostics - Marketing & Sales; NCR Corporation - Marketing and Sales - Senior Account Representative.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Huntington Museum of Art - Docent; TEAM for WV Children - CASA Volunteer (20 years); Huntington Cabell Republican Women - Past President; WV Republican Women - former Publicity Resource; Habitat for Humanity (former board); Hospice - volunteer; WV Master Gardeners.
FAMILY: Married; daughter, Kristin and husband Stephen; granddaughter, Zoe.
QUESTION & ANSWER: How do you propose keeping more students in school and reducing the truancy rate?
"Students are individuals first. Learning should be geared toward how a child learns. Our education system should take that into consideration and look at models that support the child's interest. Education should be locally owned - not mandated from a powerful board. County educators and administrators know their students better. Allow them to determine the direction of their programs."
OTHER CANDIDATES: Holland and Matthew Rohrbach are running in the Republican primary election for two seats. They will face the two Democratic primary winners in the general election.
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