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Candidate profile: Nick Joe Rahall II

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 09:19 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: Nick Joe Rahall 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: Raleigh County

BIOGRAPHY: A native West Virginian, Rahall, the top Transportation and Infrastructure Committee democrat, uses seniority and expertise building successes like Pullman Square and the Merritt's Creek Connector. Bringing millions of dollars to WV, Rahall's creating jobs through transportation, tourism, technology, mine reclamation and water wastewater services. Rahall fights for veterans, seniors, education, workers, coal miners, black lung, mine health and safety. http://www.nickrahall.com

QUESTION & ANSWER: What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?

"I recently won my Committee's approval of legislation to stop EPA from ever again vetoing a previously granted 404 permit, as it did on the Spruce Mine -- just my latest success to ensure balance between natural resource conservation and energy development. Coal and natural gas jobs are key to WV's economy. I oppose EPA's unequal and unfair job-killing regulation."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Rahall faces Richard Ojeda II in the Democratic 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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