May 2012 Primary WV Secretary of State

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidate for West Virginia Secretary of State

CANDIDATE Natalie E. Tennant

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I’m currently Secretary of State. We’ve made great strides in providing accessible elections, serving our state’s businesses and having transparency and accountability in state government. I have bachelors and masters degrees from WVU. Please visit www.natalietennant.com

QUESTION 1. Do you think it is a good idea to require voters to show a photo ID at the polls on Election Day? Why or why not?

ANSWER: Voting is a right, not a privilege. We require ID when registering. Our democracy is only as strong as our most vulnerable voter. Arbitrary barriers or unrealistic restrictions weaken those voters and our election process. Photo IDs could be used if we ensure no cost or disenfranchisement to any voter.

QUESTION 2. What changes in current election laws do you think are necessary?

ANSWER: Registering to vote online would strengthen the process and save time and money for clerks and SOS office. We’ve worked to clean up some of the code to strengthen the election process and we are working to re-codify the Election Chapter 3 of the State code.

Republican Candidate for West Virginia Secretary of State

CANDIDATE Brian Savilla

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Mason

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I am currently in the House of Delegates for the 14th District and a social studies teacher in Putnam County.

QUESTION 1. Do you think it is a good idea to require voters to show a photo ID at the polls on Election Day? Why or why not?

ANSWER: Yes, photo ID to vote is a good idea. Citizens must show their ID’s to do nearly everything today, except vote. It does not disenfranchise nor discriminate anymore than cashing a check or flying a plane. It simply adds further security to our elections.

QUESTION 2. What changes in current election laws do you think are necessary?

ANSWER: Changes to election laws need to be Voter ID, clarifying that no felons can run since the one from Lincoln County was able to, and increasing penalties on those who harm our elections. The rest is already set in place but is not enforced.

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May 2012 Primary WV Attorney General

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidate for West Virginia Attorney General

CANDIDATE Darrell V. McGraw, Jr.

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: John McGraw School; Berea Academy; Pineville High; honor graduate, US Army Leadership School; A.B., M.A., J.D., WVU; post graduate programs, W&L, NYU, HU/GWU; CLEs; Supreme Court Justice; attorney, FCSC/US Department of State; counsel to Governor Smith; Attorney General.

QUESTION What changes would you like to implement in the attorney general’s office?

ANSWER: The Attorney General does not have the power to prosecute criminals. We believe such authority should be provided to the Attorney General so that the citizens of West Virginia will not have to rely on the federal government for protection against political corruption or Internet fraud.

Republican Candidate for West Virginia Attorney General

CANDIDATE Patrick Morrisey

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Jefferson

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: A health care lawyer from Harpers Ferry, Morrisey has worked on many high profile matters and possesses over 20 years of significant legal, policy, governmental, and regulatory experience. Morrisey assisted the 26 states’ successful challenge to the individual health care mandate and has extensive experience analyzing Medicaid law.

QUESTION What changes would you like to implement in the attorney general’s office?

ANSWER: I will take a fresh look at how the Office of Attorney General operates, reform it, and then reallocate resources to advance freedom and limited government. We will advance ethics reform, repeal unconstitutional mandates, create a better business climate, and stop using state monies for self-promotion.

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May 2012 Primary WV Auditor

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidate for West Virginia Auditor

CANDIDATE Glen B. Gainer III

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Wood

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Glen B. Gainer III was elected the 19th State Auditor in November, 1992. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Charleston and attended the Washington Center for Learning. Gainer is board chairman of the National White Collar Crime Center, past president of the National Association of State Auditors/Comptrollers/Treasurers.

QUESTION What would you do to provide the public with better access to information about the financial operations of the state?

ANSWER: West Virginia easy on-line access to view state budgeting, revenues and expenditures. This site was recently awarded one of the highest possible rankings, an “A-”, for transparency in state government from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG).

Republican Candidate for West Virginia Auditor

CANDIDATE Larry V. Faircloth

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Berkeley

PARTY Republican

Candidate did not reply

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May 2012 Primary WV Treasurer

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidate for West Virginia Treasurer

CANDIDATE John D. Perdue

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

Candidate did not reply

Republican Candidates for West Virginia Treasurer

CANDIDATE Stephen R. “Steve” Connolly

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Putnam

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Steve is a 10 year Putnam Assistant Prosecutor and Hurricane City Solicitor. A Nitro H.S. graduate, he obtained his law degree at WVU, as well as holding M.R.A./B.A. – Christian Psychology, and B.S./A.A.S – Criminal Justice. He’s served as a volunteer firefighter for 19 years. He has 3 sons. www.ConnollyForTreasurer.com

QUESTION: What is your assessment of the state’s long-term financial situation?

ANSWER: Steve will require full transparency in office policies and programs to restore public confidence. Current staffing, expensive field offices and excess expenditures will be reduced or eliminated to form a leaner, trimmer and cost-effective service to taxpayers.

CANDIDATE Mike Hall

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Putnam

PARTY Republican

Candidate did not reply

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May 2012 Primary WV Commissioner of Agriculture

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidates for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

CANDIDATE Walt Helmick

COUNTY Pocahontas

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Education: Graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology, Economic Development Institute University of Oklahoma, Hobart and Lincoln Welding School, and the Mindenhall School of Actioneering.

QUESTION What more needs to be done to encourage West Virginians to produce and consume locally grown agricultural products?

ANSWER: I plan to promote the expansion of existing agribusiness in West Virginia by developing strategic partners and alliances that strengthen and promote its growth. To develop and promote access to capital markets and public financing for agribusinesses. I also plan to promote the creation of cooperatives and regional agricultural collaborations.

CANDIDATE Joe Messineo

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Roane

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Worked In agriculture 46 years: US Army, USDA Animal Health and Plant Protection & Quarantine, USDA State Director of WV, USDA Regional Director, WVDA Animal Health Field Supervisor. I am proficient in: biosecurity and emergency response; federal-state cooperative agreements; personnel management; budget, planning, administration; phytosanitary requirements for export /import. JoeForWVAgCommissioner.com

QUESTION What more needs to be done to encourage West Virginians to produce and consume locally grown agricultural products?

ANSWER: Develop a registry to connect consumers with local food producers and processors. Increase use of high tunnels to extend growing season. Expand all-season farmer’s markets. Upgrade lab capabilities to test for food-borne contaminants. Increase agricultural outreach and education. Reconnect with family farms. With EPA, develop practical solutions to environmental concerns.

CANDIDATE Steve Miller

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Mineral

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I am Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture with a degree in Agriculture. I have worked in or with all aspects of the department for 30 years. I operate a farm with cattle, hay and Christmas trees. I am happily married with 4 wonderful children and 2 grandchilden.

QUESTION What more needs to be done to encourage West Virginians to produce and consume locally grown agricultural products?

ANSWER: Young and beginner farmer initiatives, educational programs promoting innovative and profitable metods will increase the amount of locally grown products. Consumer education programs with healthy eating and lifestyle benefits, chef demonstrations and programs such as, Senior Farmers Market Coupons should be expanded to encourage visits to local markets.

CANDIDATE Sally Shepherd

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Raised on a dairy, poultry, and crop farm, now managing her family farm, mainly an equine operation. Also growing specialty food crops and a domestic fuelcrop used for home heating. Presently: Elected board member of Capitol Conservation District. Formerly: President WV Farmland Trust, Executive Director Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority.

QUESTION What more needs to be done to encourage West Virginians to produce and consume locally grown agricultural products?

ANSWER: Rising food prices and lowering nutritional value present the need/opportunity to develop a statewide food system to grow, process, distribute, and market local food to West Virginians and for export, resulting in profitable small farms, rural economy stimulation, enhanced food safety and security, and improved health for West Virginians.

CANDIDATE Bob Tabb

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Jefferson

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Fourth generation farmer. My wife and I own and operate a farm and nursery including agritourism, vegetables, grain, pick-your-own pumpkins and Christmas trees. WV House of Delegates 7 years. Currently Deputy Commissioner WVDA. I’m passionate about producing the safest, most abundant and affordable food possible. Please visit www.bobtabbwv.com.

QUESTION What more needs to be done to encourage West Virginians to produce and consume locally grown agricultural products?

ANSWER: Education and cooperation. Reducing obesity and diabetes will save millions in health care costs. I’ll work with Department of Education,DHHR, Extension,non-profits and others to increase consumption of locally grown food. Assist producers with extending seasons using specialty crop grants and high tunnels. Know Your Farmer – Know Your Food.

No Republican Candidate for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture is on the Primary Election ballot

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May 2012 Primary WV Supreme Court of Appeals

Voters Guide May 8, 2012 West Virginia Primary Election

Democratic Candidates for West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CANDIDATE J. D. Beane

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Wood

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: J.D. Beane was appointed by Governor Joe Manchin on December 15, 2006 as Circuit Court Judge for Wood and Wirt Counties. J.D. was elected in 2008 to an eight year term. J.D. has served as Chief Judge since 2011 and was a member on the Judicial Investigation Commission. www.jdbeane.com

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: If an intermediate court of appeals is enacted by the legislature with proper funding and structure it may be of benefit to citizens of this state. If not well thought out with input from various entities and adequate funding, cases could become backlogged and justice delayed is justice denied.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: I have spent 16 years practicing law as well as 16 years enacting laws while serving in the legislature from 1990-2006. However, serving the past 6 years as Circuit Judge on the other side of the bench gives me the necessary experience to seek a 12 year term.

CANDIDATE Letitia “Tish” Chafin

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I am a graduate of Marshall University and WVU College of Law. I am an eight-year member of Marshall’s Board. I am managing partner of a successful law firm where I have practiced for over 15 years. My Balanced Court Initiative will assure a fair and open Court. See www.chafin2012.com.

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: All parties deserve the right to have a judgment against them reviewed on appeal. Our Supreme Court recently enacted rules to grant the right to appeal without creating a new court that might delay litigation and increase taxpayer costs. I will monitor these rules to ensure that they work.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: I have a varied legal practice that includes everything from writing wills to arguing appeals. During my term as President of the West Virginia State Bar, I became the first Bar President to visit every West Virginia county where I learned firsthand what the people need from our courts.

CANDIDATE Robin Jean Davis

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I was born and raised in West Virginia; my mother was a teacher and my father was a coal miner. I am a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan and WVU with master’s and law degrees. I was engaged in private practice from 1982-1996, focusing on domestic relations and employee benefits.

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: West Virginia does not need to create another court. As Chief Justice in 2010, I led the comprehensive rewrite of the appellate rules, and a written decision is issued on every appeal. This transparent process saves taxpayers millions and guarantees an appeal of right to every citizen.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: I have served on the Court since 1996 and as Chief five times, one third of my time on the Court. I led the creation of the Child Abuse and Neglect database and the Domestic Violence Registry. I currently lead the initiative to reduce truancy in the state.

CANDIDATE Louis Palmer

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: In 1992 I received a law degree from WVU College of Law. I maintained a law office in Fairmont and was also on the faculty of Fairmont State College until 1996. In 1996 I joined the legal staff of the Supreme Court, where I am currently employed. Campaign website: www.palmersupremecourt.com

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: The cost to taxpayers for maintaining a fully operational intermediate appellate court is too great, considering the benefits of such a court would be minimal.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: Authored 14 books, including: Litigation Handbook On West Virginia Rules Of Civil Procedure; Handbook On Evidence for West Virginia Lawyers; Handbook On The Rules Of Civil Procedure For West Virginia Magistrate Courts; Encyclopedia Of Capital Punishment In The United States; Encyclopedia Of Abortion In The United States.

CANDIDATE H. John “Buck” Rogers

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Wetzel

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: I am trained in the law (Ll.B., Harvard 1966); theology (M. Div. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; M.A. Sacred Theology from the Immaculite Conception in New York); and psychoanalysis (the Psychohistory Forum in New York; at the Washington Square Institute.) I am also a freelance writer and a farmer.

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: Opposed. It would just be another layer of bureaucracy driving up the delay and cost of litigation. The current method of handling appeals is for the most part unsatisfactory (everyone suspects some neophyte scrawls out the per curiams! Oral argument is the essence of the law. Hearing panels would work.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: In 1963 I left the W.Va. Penitentiary after 9 months as a guard and, after hitchhiking to Massachusetts, found myself setting next to Franklin Roosevelt III in civil procedure. In near 50 years I have had cases before barely literate Justices of the Peace to the U.S. Supreme Court.

CANDIDATE James “Jim” Rowe

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Greenbrier

PARTY Democratic

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Judge Rowe has been a Circuit Judge for 16 years. He served eight years in the House of Delegates, and was Judiciary Committee Chairman and Majority Leader. He serves on the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Corrections. He graduated from WVU and the George Mason University Law School.

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: Supreme Court appeals have significantly declined, and the Court’s new rule changes may negate the need for an Intermediate Appellant Court. Make no mistake, adding an extra judicial layer will be expensive to state taxpayers. We should give the Court’s rule changes another year to see their effect.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: My 16 years as a Circuit Judge and my eight years in the House of Delegates makes me the most experienced candidate running for the Supreme Court. As a sitting Judge, I daily handle the issues most affecting West Virginians . drug abuse, drop-outs and abuse and neglect cases.

Republican Candidates for West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CANDIDATE Allen Loughry

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Kanawha

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Has worked for two Supreme Courts; was a Senior Assistant Attorney General; worked for a U.S. Congressman; a Governor; and is an adjunct professor. Author of “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay For A Landslide.” Has four law degrees, a B.S. from WVU, and studied at Oxford University.

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: I have been in favor of an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia since before it was popular to be in favor of such a court. I believe I am the only candidate in this race who openly and strongly supports this concept.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: I have been a supreme court attorney for the past nine years and therefore am extremely familiar with how the Court works. I also spent seven years as a senior assistant attorney general arguing more than twenty cases before the supreme court. I also have four law degrees.

CANDIDATE John Yoder

COUNTY OF RESIDENCE Jefferson

PARTY Republican

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Served in all three branches of government; Judicial: Circuit Judge, 1977-80 & 2009-present and U.S. Supreme Court, 1980-1983; Legislative: State Senate, 1992-1996 & 2003-2008; Executive; U.S. Department of Judtice, Director, Asset Forfeiture Office, 1983-85. B.A., Chapman University, J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, M.B.A., University of Chicago. See www.judgeyoder.com

QUESTION 1. What is your position on creating an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia?

ANSWER: I support an intermediate court of appeals, with 3 separate divisions covering different geographical areas of the State. The memorandum opinions, witten by law clerks rather than justices, do not provide adequate review for the many important issues that should be thoroughly reviewed by a higher court.

QUESTION 2. What special background or experience do you have that makes you more qualified for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals?

ANSWER: Having worked in all 3 branches of government, I understand and respect the proper role of justices in the balance of power. Only person selected in national competition as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow (1980), and then worked as a permanet staff member for the Chief Justice of the U.S.

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Voter Spring 2012

Voter Spring 2012

Read about the League’s legislative agenda in the Legislative Update.

Important information about the Primary Election is on page 3.

League supports DISCLOSE Act.

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