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May 2012 Primary WV Governor

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidates for West Virginia Governor

CANDIDATE Arne Moltis

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:

8 years of college, partly Notre Dame College, Secondary Education Teaching Degree Acquired. Worked 2 years in West Virginia as a substitute. Worked 3 years in a car dealership in Charleston W.V. and then worked 4 years in Dept of Health and Human Resources in the Dunbar Office. Left DHHR (exceeded word limit)

QUESTION 1. How would you balance the increasing demand for developing West Virginia’s energy resources while improving the quality of life and the environment?

ANSWER: I am pro coal and I will use this resource as much as possible to produce electricy maybe build more coal fired plants if needed and any extra electricity sell it to other states and West Virginia to get the extra money for building or repairing roads and help with (exceeded word limit)

QUESTION 2. What are the state’s most critical education issues and how would you address them?

ANSWER: To start with the students getting a healthy meal is the most important. Students need good and nutritious food to study. I will eliminate red slime beef also known as ammonia beef from the menu which the school system is currently using to save money at the expense of our (exceeded word limit)

CANDIDATE Earl Ray Tomblin

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Logan

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I am a lifelong West Virginian who spent his career working to make West Virginia a better place. I have degrees from WVU and Marshall, and before becoming governor served as state Senate president. I’m proud to have helped position our state to take advantage of our tremendous potential.

QUESTION 1. How would you balance the increasing demand for developing West Virginia’s energy resources while improving the quality of life and the environment?

ANSWER: I am fighting over-regulation by the EPA and also led the way with reasonable regulations to allow development of Marcellus Shale while protecting the environment. Our state must remain a leader in energy production, and the mine safety bill we passed this session will help us do that responsibly.

QUESTION 2. What are the state’s most critical education issues and how would you address them?

ANSWER: I’m passionate about education and am pleased we are undertaking a comprehensive examination of our school system. We will act on those recommendations, with any savings being put back into schools. I’ve also worked to address our dropout rate and improve opportunities through our community and technical colleges.

Republican Candidates for West Virginia Governor

CANDIDATE Ralph William “Bill” Clark

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Monongalia

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I am Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at West Virginia University. I am the author of Make West Virginia No. 1: What We Need to Know to Make West Virginia the Most Prosperous and All-Around Best State. www.ralphwilliamclark.com.

QUESTION 1. How would you balance the increasing demand for developing West Virginia’s energy resources while improving the quality of life and the environment?

ANSWER: I will strongly support economic reforms that make coal and gas companies more competitive, such as lowering their taxes and reducing red tape, but I will also insist that they adhere to strict environmental standards. I won’t go overboard as regards the environment, but will seek the exact right balance.

QUESTION 2. What are the state’s most critical education issues and how would you address them?

ANSWER: With education (and other serious problems) WV would benefit the most if it became much more prosperous. There is a way to guarantee that this will happen – make West Virginia the state that does everything right in competition with other states. I have a plan for doing this quickly.

CANDIDATE Bill Maloney

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Monongalia

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: BSIE from Lehigh University. 1984: I co-founded North American Drillers, grew it from a two-person business to become the world leader in large-diameter shaft drilling for mining and other industries. Participation in 2010 Chilean mine rescue changed my life. My wife, Sharon, and I have two daughters and one grandchild.

QUESTION 1. How would you balance the increasing demand for developing West Virginia’s energy resources while improving the quality of life and the environment?

ANSWER: Our natural resources are our greatest asset -all of them. We will reform our tax, legal, and regulatory systems to help create new job opportunities. West Virginia needs to promote manufacturing, tourism, and other value-added activities that will truly diversify our economy while protecting our environment.

QUESTION 2. What are the state’s most critical education issues and how would you address them?

ANSWER: In January the state released a study that identified $90 million in cost savings in education. We need to begin to implement some of its ideas to get more money into the classroom. But most importantly, we need to reward good teachers and encourage parental involvement.

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