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Candidate profile: Ken Hicks

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.

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NAME: Ken Hicks

CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. House 19 (which covers Wayne County)

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: Democrat

CITY: Kenova

BIOGRAPHY

AGE: 58

EDUCATION: Buffalo High School (Wayne County); Marshall University, Bachelor's Degree; University of Toledo College of Law, Juris Doctor of Law.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Attorney in a general law practice. I have been a small business owner for the last 26 years and past president of the Cabell County Bar Association.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Former attorney for the Wayne County Commission; former attorney and legal advisor for Berea Oil and gas Corporation and Peco Resources Corporation. I worked in real estate acquisition and development of oil, gas and coal properties. I also worked as a licensed real estate agent in the states of West Virginia and Ohio.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind Board of Directors for the last 20 years; Board of Directors for the Huntington City Mission. Member of the First Baptist Church of Kenova.

FAMILY: I have been married for over twenty-one years to Tonya Kiser Hicks. We have three children, Kenny Hicks Jr., Bethany Hatfield (Jason Hatfield) and Jared "Boo" Hicks. Grandchild, Jase Hatfield.

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

"The state needs to coordinate a team approach with the physicians, pharmacies & law enforcement agencies to combat this problem. The treating physicians and pharmacies need to identify those patients and customers they suspect may be abusing drugs. Law Enforcement agencies need to increase their efforts to prosecute those individuals involved in prescription abuse."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Hicks faces Don C. Perdue and Tim Kinsey in the Democratic primary for two open seats.

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