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Election candidate profile: Rupert "Rupie" Phillips Jr.

Apr. 24, 2010 @ 12:02 AM

The West Virginia Primary Election is Tuesday, May 11. Each day, we will run one profile from a candidate who has filled out our questionnaire. For answers to more questions from this candidate and others, visit Herald-Dispatch.com. Click News, then Election 2010, 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.

NAME: Rupert "Rupie" Phillips Jr.

CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. State House 19

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Logan, W.Va.

STATEMENT: "I am running for House of Delegates because southern West Virginia needs a Delegate who will fight back against the war on coal and who will work to create more small businesses. As an experienced sales manager in a small business, I understand the importance of coal to families in southern West Virginia. As your Delegate, I will work hard to protect coal and small business for our families."

QUESTION & ANSWER: Do you favor more funding for drug treatment?

"Only when we are sure that the tax dollars that are current being used for drug treatment are being used as efficiently an effectively as possible. It is important for us to determine what type of government we need and what type of government the tax payers can afford."

OTHER CANDIDATES IN THIS RACE: Democrats A. Jay Hatfield, David Eplin, Ed Triplett, Gary L. Johngrass, Greg Butcher, Harry Freeman, Josh Stowers, Ralph Rodighiero, Ted Ellis and Teddy "Ted" Tomblin and Republicans Elias Gregory and Chad Story.