NAME: Daniel Linville
CANDIDATE FOR: West Virginia House of Delegates, District 16 (parts of Cabell and Lincoln counties)
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.LinvilleForWV.com
HOME CITY: Milton
HOME COUNTY: Cabell
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I am running for House of Delegates because I want West Virginia to grow and prosper once again. I want good paying jobs and career opportunities to return for our people. As a lifelong West Virginian, and the third generation in my family-owned small businesses, I’m laser-focused on job creation. By bringing opportunity and good jobs back to the Mountain State, our friends and family can move back home, and our best and brightest can stay here. With your support, I will bring my experience in business and a tireless work ethic to Charleston for our families and our future.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree, Marshall University.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: IT Director, Executive Manager.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Milton, WV Rotary Club, Generation Huntington – Education Co Chair, Business Networking International – Pinnacle Chapter, Cabell County Farm Bureau, Cabell Wayne Beekeepers Association.
ENDORSEMENTS: West Virginians For Life, The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce PAC, and by the West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #122, West Virginia Business and Industry Council, West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, West Virginia Nurses Political Action Committee, West Virginia Association of Realtors, Contractors Association of West Virginia, National Rifle Association and WVSSPA.
1. Are you satisfied with how the state legislature has addressed developing and balancing the state budget? Please explain.
Despite the difficulties we’ve faced in recent years passing a budget, we managed to pass a balanced budget without a special session this year and without new taxes. However, we must grow West Virginia’s economy so that in the future, we will be able to afford the many worthwhile initiatives our state needs without increasing the burden on taxpayers.
2. What new or additional measures are necessary to create a safe and healthy environment for all West Virginians?
We must meaningfully address the opioid epidemic our state faces. It is the challenge of our generation. Therefore, we must coordinate with the public, private, and faith communities to overcome this challenge to make our state safe and healthy. Effective change must be implemented to stop the cycle of addiction and poverty. The time for meaningless talk is over.
3. What do you think the role of the legislature should be in developing a more diversified economy in the state?
The legislature must enact legislation to incentivize new businesses and new industries to call the Mountain State Home. I have put forth a plan to do exactly that, the West Virginia Economic Diversification Initiative. We must also invest in our infrastructure, including high-technology broadband infrastructure and improve air travel access to make our state more inviting to emerging industry.
4. What measures could help prevent gun violence and mass shootings?
Physical access control to buildings, venues, and vulnerable people is the primary method through which we can ensure safety. In places where vulnerable people are gathered together in large groups, trained and armed security must be prepared to respond to threats. Ultimately, the only thing that stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.
5. With the increased incidence of black lung disease in recent years, does more need to be done to protect miners’ health and safety?
The safety of employees must always be paramount, whether in mines or in offices. We should encourage innovation in safety technology, collaborate with the employers to make their operations safer and more efficient, and approach safety as a winning strategy for all involved. We also must ensure that breathing masks and other safety equipment in underground mines are always worn.
6. What can the state government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
First and foremost, the state government can eliminate Common Core or any other arbitrary federal standards which change the way we’ve educated our students in K-12. We can also evaluate our schools of higher and vocational education on their ultimate outcomes – have their graduates found gainful employment? We can incentivize the outcomes we hope to achieve.
7. West Virginia has been especially hard hit by the opioid abuse epidemic. What do you see as the role of the legislature in addressing this crisis?
The legislature must follow the results. We need to look toward the outcomes of Drug Court. We must also address the cost of the Jail Bills to our counties. If we can’t afford to keep addicts and criminals in jail even long enough to detox, how can we expect to address the crisis when those folks are released experiencing withdrawals?
8. What should be done long-term to fix PEIA health insurance for state employees?
We must address rising prescription drug costs to PEIA. Our Pharmacy Benefit Manager recently found itself in trouble with Kentucky’s legislature for only paying out $1 Billion to pharmacies while taking in $1.6 Billion. We must elect candidates to Congress and the Senate who will fix the (Un)affordable Care Act. Average WV Premiums have risen 169% since Obamacare’s passage.
9. What measures do you support on fracking/horizontal drilling that would protect people living near drilling sites?
I believe that my rights end where yours begin, and vice versa. Therefore, companies must limit their impact to only the land and property they own or lease. Private property rights must be respected, while encouraging the development of our lands and resources to their best use.
10. What can the state government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
Common Core must be eliminated from our schools. Decision making power should be delegated back to the local level. We can eliminate waste and top-heavy spending while addressing our teacher pay and benefits. Ultimately, results must be rewarded. Gainful employment, higher education, or vocational education are the benchmarks by which we can measure our success, rather than standardized tests.
11. How would you improve the state’s access to broadband internet?
We must invest in middle-mile fiber, the backbone of our internet access networks, in a sensible way which repays the taxpayers. Fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers must be encouraged to invest where landline infrastructure is difficult or impossible to build. Internet access is the great equalizer of the 21st century and access to it can change West Virginia’s future.
12. How can WV benefit from the natural gas industry without leaving a legacy of environmental damage, health problems and decreased property values?
Natural gas and the investment and careers associated with it will make a tremendous difference. Sound oversight of the industry will allow for our state to realize tax revenue benefits - funding schools, social programs, public health initiatives and economic development. Related industries, including manufacturing, will promote career-level jobs and better markets for housing and investment - raising property values.
13. Where do you think the responsibility for setting educational standard lies (e.,g., state or county)? Please explain.
Educational standards may be set at the state level, but the curriculum can and should be left to the local schools. One size doesn't fit all in education. What works in one school or for one student may not be appropriate for every student in West Virginia. Let's leave educating to the educators and not to the Legislators.
14. What kinds of assistance from the state would you support to address the shortage of decent, affordable rental housing in WV?
In areas where there is a shortage, I am in favor of continuing Housing and Urban Development grants which aid in guaranteeing loans, subsidizing interest rates, and promoting investment in affordable housing. Further, I'm in favor of promoting awareness of tenant rights published by the Attorney General's office. Renters deserve and are guaranteed fit and habitable housing.