3RD DISTRICT

Republican incumbent Evan Jenkins was defeated in the primary election and is now seeking a seat on the W.Va. Supreme Court. Candidates are Democrat Richard Ojeda and Republican Carol Miller.

RICHARD OJEDA (D)

CITY: Logan

COUNTY: Logan

AGE: 47

EDUCATION: Logan High School, BA from West Virginia State and Masters in Business and Organizational Security from Webster University.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: State Senator

OTHER WORK HISTORY: U.S. Army

FAMILY: Wife, Kelly Ojeda; and two children, Richard III and Kayla Ojeda.

Should the federal government provide more funds for broadband in underserved areas? Why or why not?

Absolutely — How can we attract new business if they must go back in time when it comes to connectivity. We have received good news in the past few days about funding but more needs to be done.

What role should the U.S. government play in ensuring healthcare access for all?

I believe that all Americans should have a affordable access to health care. I would give folks the option to buy into Medicare and create competition for the corporate insurance companies who's lobbyists run Washington DC.

In building a vibrant U.S. economy, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else? What specific economic growth measures would you support?

A strong U.S. economy starts with a strong West Virginia economy. We must bring modern opportunities to rural areas like Southern WV. and get America's heartland working again. I will fight to protect our coal jobs while diversifying our opportunities for employment with Technology and manufacturing. This will require broadband access and a bipartisan infrastructure program so employers see WV

What modifications to safety net/benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare would you support?

Social Security and Medicare are earned benefits that working class West Virginians have broken their backs to receive. Government needs to keep its hand out of our senior's benefit funds and we must raise the cap on Social Security to ensure its solvency for our children when they need it.

CAROL MILLER (R)

CITY: Huntington

COUNTY: Cabell

EDUCATION: BA, Columbia College

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Small Business Owner, Bison Farmer, and State Delegate.

FAMILY: Husband of 45 years, Matt Miller; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Cassie Miller and Sam and Katie Miller; five grandchildren.

Should the federal government provide more funds for broadband in underserved areas? Why or why not?

Yes. Increasing broadband access to underserved areas throughout West Virginia and Appalachia is essential to providing quality education and bringing economic growth to our region. It benefits our whole country to bring everyone up to speed.

What role should the U.S. government play in ensuring healthcare access for all?

We must protect Social Security and Medicare, that's number one. We need to eliminate the bureaucracy that drives healthcare costs up and makes it harder for everyone to get the care they need. We must repeal the Obama-policies that have made healthcare less affordable and lower quality. We need to combat the opioid epidemic and invest in rehabilitation and recovery

In building a vibrant U.S. economy, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else? What specific economic growth measures would you support?

I support President Trump's Jobs Act that is already creating more jobs and rising wages, but we still have more work to do to bring good jobs to West Virginia. We need to strengthen our coal industry, expand our oil and natural gas energy production, and diversify our economy. We cannot afford to go back to Obamaera liberal, job-killing policies.

What modifications to safety net/benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare would you support?

Plain and simple: we need to protect Social Security and Medicare for all West Virginians. You worked hard and paid into these programs all your life and you deserve fully funded retirement and healthcare. In Congress, I'll ensure the promises of Social Security, Medicare, and all pensions are kept, and stop politicians from playing games with our retirement programs.

ABOUT THE U.S. HOUSE RACES, W.VA. DISTRICTS

CURRENT OFFICEHOLDERS:

1ST DISTRICT: David B. McKinley (R). Serves the northern counties in the state.

2ND DISTRICT: Alex Mooney (R). Serves the central counties in the state.

3RD DISTRICT: Evan Jenkins (R). Serves the southern counties in the state.

DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: The U.S. House of Representatives is the lower house of Congress. Each state is represented in the House in proportion to its population. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at no more than 435. Each representative serves for a two-year term.

OFFICE'S SALARY: $174,000

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