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Election candidate profile

Oct. 24, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

The 2012 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. We are running 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, then Local Races. If a candidate has submitted his or her profile information and questions, the candidate's name will be a blue hyperlink to that information. Candidates' replies appear as they were submitted and have not been edited.

NAME: Steve Williams

CANDIDATE FOR: Huntington mayor

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Huntington

AGE: 56

EDUCATION: Huntington High School, 1974; Marshall University, 1978, BA in Political Science, Cum Laude; West Virginia University, Master's of Public Administration, 1980; University of the South, School of Theology, 2010, Education for Ministry.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): At Large Member, Huntington City Council, 2009 to Present.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Licensed Stock Broker since 1993; Senior Executive, managed multi-state regions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic US for Chase Bank, Citizens Bank, and Huntington Banks. Member, West Virginia House of Delegates, representing Cabell and Wayne Counties, 1987-1994. Former City Manager, City of Huntington 1984-85. Director of Economic Development, City of Huntington, 1984.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: President, M Club, Marshall University. Executive Committee, Board of Directors Marshall University Big Green Scholarship Foundation. Board of Directors, Marshall University Alumni Association. Board of Directors, Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars. Member, Huntington Rotary Club. Senior Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church. Sunday School Teacher Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

FAMILY: Wife, Mary Poindexter Williams, 11 years. 2 Step-daughters, Nikki Urban and Laura Urban. 2 dogs, Beau and Gus; 1 cat, Sox.

QUESTION & ANSWER: What should the city do to foster economic development?

"I want to continue efforts to eliminate the B&O Taxes that Council passed. The city's tax structure inhibits business development and the wall of taxation that inhibits investment needs to be reduced to a metaphorical speed bump. Innovative use of TIF districts will promote development of now nonproductive property."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Williams faces Republican Kim Wolfe and Independent Artie "Dino" Battista in the general election.

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