Candidate profile: Natalie Tennant
The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.
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NAME: Natalie Tennant:
CANDIDATE FOR: U.S. Senate -- W.Va.
DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: The U.S. Senate is the upper house of Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each state is represented by two senators, regardless of population, who serve staggered six-year terms. The office's salary is $174,000.
BIOGRAPHY: Growing up as the youngest of seven on our family farm, I learned how to do more with less. I brought those West Virginia values to the Secretary of State's office, where I cut the budget and gave $3 million back to taxpayers. I'm running to bring those values to the Senate and put West Virginia first - www.natalietennant.com.
QUESTION & ANSWER: What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?
"Anyone who works hard for 40 hours a week should be able to feed their family and pay the mortgage. It's time to raise the minimum wage. West Virginia has what it takes to lead the country in high-paying manufacturing, technology and energy jobs. Let's end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas and invest in West Virginia jobs."
OTHER CANDIDATES: Tennant faces Dennis Melton and David Wamsley in the Democratic primary election.
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