Bill Cole: The bottom line is state needs more jobs
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of a series of columns written by candidates in contested races in the Nov. 6 general election.
The principle issue for my campaign is no secret. It is the No. 1 issue facing our state and our nation. It is the one thing that impacts every aspect of our lives. It affects every person individually and society as a whole. It is the measure of our well being and the quality of our way of life. It is the security we need to ensure a better future. It is the one thing that can get our state back on track.
It is JOBS!
A job is more than 9 to 5 and a paycheck. A job and the possibility of a better life can be the deciding factor for a kid to stay in school when he or she is thinking of dropping out. A good job may be too important of a thing to risk for someone who is offered illegal drugs. More jobs will lead to more revenue so that we can take care of our seniors who have already given so much, lend a helping hand to the disabled among us and provide opportunities to the less fortunate. Jobs will bring dignity to our communities and make us better citizens.
How do we do this? I'm glad you asked. I have spent my entire adult life creating jobs in the private sector. I have started businesses with one or two employees and have grown them to employ more than 100. I personally know what it takes to be in business in this state, and that is why I can go to Charleston and work for the kind of changes that we need.
We will need to address things such as restructuring the tax code, getting rid of burdensome regulations and modifying the judicial climate. We need to overhaul West Virginia's anti-business environment so that the private sector can grow and jobs can be created.
I want you to understand that I am not a career politician but, rather, a businessman. Because I am not a politician, I am not going to insult you with a bunch of empty campaign promises. My only promise is this: I will always do what I feel is right for my district and for West Virginia, and I will always put the concerns of the people above my own. As a businessman, I always look at the bottom line. The bottom line is that West Virginia needs JOBS!
The choice is clear. If you want to continue getting terrible results from your government, then continue voting for the same type of politicians. If you want change, then we are in agreement. If you want lasting change for future generations, then there is something that we can do. If you want the kind of change that will transform our state and will pave the way for real job growth, then I ask for your vote and support. Together, we can make a difference.
Find more information and ways to get involved at my website: www.BillCole2012.com.
Bill Cole, a resident of Bluefield, is a Republican candidate for the West Virginia Senate from the 6th District, which includes McDowell, Mingo and parts of Mercer, Wayne and Wyoming counties.