Candidate profile: Tim Gibson
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NAME: Tim Gibson:
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.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts: Communication Arts (Concord University, Athens, WV, 2006), Master of the Arts: Communication Studies (Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., 2008), Juris Doctorate (Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, Va., 2013).
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Legislative Analyst (Minority Party), WV State Senate (2014).
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Legal Intern (WV Republican Party, 2013), Anchor/Reporter (WV MetroNews/58 WCHS Radio, 2008-2010), Producer/Photographer (WSAZ Newschannel 3, 2005-2008), Graduate Assistant (Liberty University, 2006-2008).
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Lett Creek Community Church (Member), Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout, 2002).
QUESTION & ANSWER: How do you propose keeping more students in school and reducing the truancy rate?
"First, enforce existing laws. Parents need to face the magistrate and fines to learn personal responsibility for not sending their child to school. Second, there is a loophole in many counties that allows children to doctor shop for school excuses in order to avoid truancy. That loophole needs to be closed."
OTHER CANDIDATES: Gibson faces Nathan "Nate" Westfall, Michael Ihle and Scott Cadle in the primary election for two seats.
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