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May 2012 Primary US House of Representatives, 3rd District

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidate for US House of Representatives, Third District

CANDIDATE NAME Nick J. Rahall II

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Raleigh

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: A native West Virginian, Rahall is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He has brought millions of dollars to West Virginia, creating jobs through federal investments in transportation, tourism, and technology. He is an advocate of coal miners, veterans, and seniors, and working middle-class families.

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: We must protect Medicare benefits and services that seniors are relying on, especially for those on fixed incomes. I am fighting efforts to privatize or end traditional Medicare, while emphasizing savings through preventive health services, allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and rewarding quality, cost effective care.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: Having voted for some painful spending cuts, I am also trying to eliminate abusive, special interest tax breaks like those for Big Oil. Balancing the budget requires growing the economy. We must invest in infrastructure, education and job training, and cutting-edge research and development that will create American jobs.

Republican Candidates for US House of Representatives, Third District

CANDIDATE NAME Lee A. Bias

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Cabell

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Lee is a lifelong resident of WV who has worked in many levels of healthcare. He has also been very involved in his community. As your next Congressman, he will fight to take WV values to DC and quit forcing DC values on WV. Lee will fight for you!

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: I have worked in the health care industry for most of my adult life; I have a firsthand understanding of this issue. I will bring my insight and experience to Washington DC to make true reform a reality. I will fight to preserve Medicare and to improve access to care.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: We cannot continue to borrow 43 cents on every Federal Dollar spent. I will look at every program, determine what is essential, and then cut, or reduce spending on those expenditures that do not secure national security and social stability. We must balance our budget and eliminate the national debt.

CANDIDATE NAME Bill Lester

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Raleigh

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: My name is Bill Lester. I was born and raised in West Virginia. I graduated from Concord College. I went to Marshall University and then transferred to Antioch School of Law. Find out more information at www.billlester4congress.com

QUESTION 1. What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?

ANSWER: Medicare costs can be contained by paying closer attention to fraud and abuse.

QUESTION 2. What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?

ANSWER: I am willing to cut or eliminate Obamacare, EPA, Department of Education, Department of Energy, foreign aid to unfriendly nations, U.N., IMF, Department of Justice jurisdiction as it relates to the state’s right to determine voter qualification, and reasonable request by police to determine citizenship in the midst of investigation.

CANDIDATE NAME Rick Snuffer

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Raleigh

PARTY Republican

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