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Candidate profile: David Bender

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 10:39 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: David Bender

CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. House 16 (3 seats, which covers parts of Cabell and Lincoln counties)

PARTY: Republican

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.

BIOGRAPHY: AGE: 20

EDUCATION: Nitro High School, '12. Currently attending Marshall University.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: I currently work retail and have never been elected to public office.

FAMILY: At this time in my life I have not yet been blessed with a wife or children.

QUESTION & ANSWER: What more should the state do to battle the prescription drug crisis?

"I believe to address this problem; we must hold bad doctors who write prescriptions for anything accountable. Much of our problem stems from a poor economy, as our economy grows and people have a chance for a better life, many of these problems will dissipate on their own. Drug abuse is a symptom of a bad economy, not a cause of it."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Bender faces Carol Miller, Dale Anderson II, Lionel Jones and Patrick Lucas in the Republican primary election for three seats.

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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