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Candidate profile: Richard Ojeda II

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:30 AM

The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13. We are running brief 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 2014, then "West Virginia candidates and profiles." If a candidate has submitted his or her profile information and questions, the candidate's name will link to that information. Candidates' replies appear as they were submitted and have not been edited.

NAME: Richard Ojeda II

CANDIDATE FOR: U.S. House 3

DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: The U.S. House of Representatives is the lower house of Congress. Each state is represented in the House in proportion to its population. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at no more than 435. Each representative serves for a two-year term. The office's salary is $174,000.

PARTY: Democrat

COUNTY: Logan County

BIOGRAPHY: Retired (US Army), BA in General Education from West Virginia State University, MA in Business and Organizational Security from Webster University. Graduate of the Basic and Advanced Officers courses as well as the US Army Command General Staff Course. Four Deployments to the Middle East in Support of the Global War on Terrorism. Two Bronze Star Medals, pending a Purple Heart. www.richardojeda.com.

QUESTION & ANSWER: What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

"I believe that any operation that deals with chemicals should require MANDATORY inspections that also ensure secondary containment is present. Regardless of the fact that they may or may not be close to a water source, chemicals spilled anywhere will eventually seep into the water table which can cause significant impacts to the environment and the people that reside in the areas."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Ojeda faces Democrat incumbent Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II in the primary 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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