NAME: Sean Hornbuckle
CANDIDATE FOR: W.Va. House of Delegates 16th District (parts of Cabell and Lincoln counties)
HOME CITY: Huntington
HOME COUNTY: Cabell
PERSONAL STATEMENT: It's been an honor to serve not just the people of Cabell and Lincoln Counties, but the whole state. We have a huge opportunity before us to propel our state forward, and out work every other state on the road to prosperity. With just enough legislative experience, but possessing a unique skill set to promote progressive thinking, collaboration, statesmanship, and old school principles I'm ready to represent us to the world why we're better together!
EDUCATION: MBA (Marshall University)
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Financial Advisor, Edward Jones.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Mass Mutual Financial Group.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Rotary, YMCA.
ENDORSEMENTS: UMWA, WVEA, AFT, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, WVSPPA.
FAMILY: son, Tristan (10).
1. Are you satisfied with how the state legislature has addressed developing and balancing the state budget? Please explain.
I'm not satisfied. We cut areas we did not need to cut (mainly education) and ignored areas where we could have created more efficiencies. There are also ways we could have added revenue for essential services without putting generic taxes on our people.
2. What new or additional measures are necessary to create a safe and healthy environment for all West Virginians?
Expand nutrition/hygiene education, create healthy lifestyle and exercise opportunities for schools and the workplace, and foster better relationships between law enforcement and communities.
3. What do you think the role of the legislature should be in developing a more diversified economy in the state?
It needs to be priority, working hand in hand with education. The legislature needs to take the lead role in facilitating avenues for higher education, public education, the business community, labor, minority/disadvantaged communities, tourism, and young professionals to collaborate in a productive manner to yield tangible results.
4. What measures could help prevent gun violence and mass shootings?
More resources towards mental health would be a great start. Next should be teaching of ALL history in an accurate fashion in our schools so that we can curb hatred among people. Finally, I think we need to lean on the expertise of law enforcement of best practices for better background checks, information sharing, and more classes on gun safety/operation.
5. With the increased incidence of black lung disease in recent years, does more need to be done to protect miners’ health and safety?
More should absolutely be done. Hopefully the current administration keeps that part of the ACA intact as the past administration was the only one to ever put the physical health of the coal miner as a priority.
6. What can the state government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
Create better and realistic pathways for 2nd chance opportunities. We can also invest more in our technical/vocational schools and programs to help produce eligible persons for our workforce quicker and more efficiently. I think trying to develop an incentive for small business owners to work more closely with middle school and high school students would be fruitful too.
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?
I tried to help out last legislative session with this. One of my many ideas was an amendment that would have held opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable by having to report how many and where their product is. If they were found to provide inaccurate information they would be fined. Unfortunately, the majority led House overwhelmingly voted that measure down calling it "Disneyland".
8. What should be done long-term to fix PEIA health insurance for state employees?
The task force is a good start to examine what can be done there either making tweaks or bidding out to another provider to ensure quality and sustainable pricing for the consumer. We must be willing to create or dedicate a revenue stream to the system to ensure cost do not overtake what the national trend has been for 40 years of rising costs.
9. What measures do you support on fracking/horizontal drilling that would protect people living near drilling sites?
We have to protect our water and air first and foremost by any means necessary. I'm all about economic development and having the ability to earn money but you have to be healthy to work and enjoy the fruits of your labor as well.
10. What can the state government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
We are making strides in this area by lessening the testing requirements in schools so that teachers have more flexibility to make sure our youth is actually learning material and not just memorizing for a standardized test. We need to do a better job of analyzing the ailments of low-income and at risk students so that we can provide better opportunities to that demographic.
11. How would you improve the state’s access to broadband internet?
Put party ideologues aside and find the best opportunity for service and pricing to get it done and just do it.
12. How can WV benefit from the natural gas industry without leaving a legacy of environmental damage, health problems and decreased property values?
Support universities and community colleges to create programs for gas production, safety, and environmental health. That would attract new population, promote education in the industry, and yield positive health and fiscal results. As long as we don't cripple business, we have to learn from our mistakes and make sure resident's get to share in the astronomical revenues that are coming.
13. Where do you think the responsibility for setting educational standard lies (e.,g., state or county)? Please explain.
I'm for more local control but there has to be a healthy balance and strong working relationship. More local control also depends on electing the right stakeholders locally who possess a global perspective that is less focused on political power and more focused on ensuring that our youth are ready to compete for jobs against others around the world.
14. What kinds of assistance from the state would you support to address the shortage of decent, affordable rental housing in WV?
We should focus our efforts on rewarding good landlords and holding slumlords more accountable. If there are any grants to assist hard working individuals I'm all for taking a look at that. Ultimately we've got to continue working on bring more industry and higher paying jobs here so that raise the purchasing power of constituents which will help the economy more as well.