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Election candidate profile

Oct. 26, 2012 @ 11:45 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: Joe Manchin


PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Farmington, W.Va.

BIOGRAPHY: As U.S. Senator, Joe stands up for West Virginia and commonsense. He focuses on creating jobs, getting our finances in order, keeping our promises to seniors and veterans and energy independence. Joe is from Farmington and is an outdoorsman and businessman. He and Gayle have three children and seven grandchildren.

QUESTION & ANSWER: Other than the elimination of fraud and waste, what steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?

"We need a big fix to get get our financial house in order, so I favor the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson budget framework. I was proud that the architects of this plan came to a fiscal summit in West Virginia so people could hear the facts and ask questions about the solution."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Manchin faces Republican John R. Raese and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber 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.