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Candidate profile: Michael Ihle

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

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: Michael Ihle

CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. House 13 (which covers parts of Mason, Putnam and Jackson counties)

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.

PARTY: Republican

CITY: Ravenswood, W.Va.


EDUCATION: Ravenswood High School 2003, Purdue University.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): Mayor of Ravenswood, 2012-Present; licensed health insurance agent.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: grocery store clerk, Census supervisor.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Regional Vice President, West Virginia Jaycees; board member, West Virginia Municipal League, West Virginia Republican Liberty Caucus, Jackson County Republican Executive Committee.

FAMILY: Jim Ihle (father, Ravenswood); Alphia Ihle (mother, Brownstown, Ind.); Ed and Linda Ihle (half-uncle/aunt, Letart, W.Va.).

QUESTION & ANSWER: What steps would you recommend to improve West Virginia's economy?

"Nullify ObamaCare. Fight the EPA. Simplify the tax code. Stop using tax credits to centrally plan the economy, picking winners and losers. Repeal those regulations which hurt the economy. Secure private property rights. Eliminate state status as a "judicial hellhole" by enacting liability reform. Reduce incentives for the poor to not work. Increase liberty. Decrease government."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Ihle faces Nathan "Nate" Westfall, Tim Gibson and Scott Cadle in the primary election for two seats.

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