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Election candidate profile

Oct. 25, 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: Rick Thompson

CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. House 19 (2 seats)

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Lavalette


EDUCATION: B.A. Marshall University; J.D. WVU Law School.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: House of Delegates - 1980; 2000 - Present. Elected Speaker of the House in 2007.

WORK HISTORY: Attorney; former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Wayne County; United States Army Veteran.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: NRA Life Member; American Legion Post 93 Life Member; West Virginia Bow Hunters Life Member; Member First Baptist Church of Kenova.

QUESTION & ANSWER: In order to continue meeting West Virginia's balanced budget requirement, what specific programs would you cut or eliminate?

"The Governor has proposed reducing each agency's funding by 7.5%. When we go back in to session in January we will start our budget deliberations at this point any make any adjustments that we can in order to allow for the most current revenue and spending projections."

OTHER CANDIDATES: Thompson faces Democrat Don Perdue and Republican Randy Tomblin for two seats in the general election.

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