Candidate profile: Patrick Lucas
The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.
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NAME: Patrick Lucas
CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. House 16 (3 seats which covers parts of Cabell and Lincoln 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.
EDUCATION: Marshall University Graduate 1991-B.S. in Marketing.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: 2009-Present: Owner/Broker/Realtor at Century 21 Homes & Land in Barboursville, WV.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: 1999-2008: Realtor at Century 21 Homes & Land in Barboursville, WV; 1996-1998: Outside Sales in Office Equipment Industry; 1991-1995: Licensed Insurance Agent.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: 2011-2013: President, Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity; 2008-2010: Board Member, Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity 2005; 2008, 2012: President, Huntington Board of Realtors; 2003-2013: Board Member, Huntington Board of Realtors; 2009-2011: Board Member, Marshall Alumni Association.
FAMILY: Married since 12/27/97 to Dr. Paula Lucas, Marshall Professor; two children, Steven and Samantha.
QUESTION & ANSWER: How could the state help small businesses grow in West Virginia?
"As a small business owner, I understand the challenges facing WV business owners. Nothing helps a small business owner more than the reduction or elimination of taxes. The Business Franchise Tax and the Personal Property Tax on Inventory and Equipment should be reduced or eliminated."
OTHER CANDIDATES: Lucas faces Dale Anderson II, David Bender, Lionel Jones and Carol Miller in the Republican primary election for three seats.
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