Amy Shuler Goodwin (D)
Education: Bachelor of Science, West Virginia University, May 1994
Occupation: Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism for West Virginia.
Q: Do you support evidence-based programs to protect public health during the drug abuse crisis?
A: Yes. Charleston -- like many cities -- has been hit hard by this crisis. I propose a CARE Office (Coordinated Addiction Response Effort) to ensure all providers, first responders, local officials, experts who have successfully dealt with these problems in other areas, and the public are engaged in implementing proven, evidence-based solutions.
Q: Would you support expanding the bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard?
A: Yes. Charleston has a beautiful riverfront. We have made some good investments in our riverfront infrastructure, but we haven’t invested enough into this prime area. We need to promote the expansion of businesses and eateries along the riverfront in addition to extending the bike and expanded walkway along the river.
Daily Mail Opinion:
Q: How should the city address the issue of criminal transient individuals?
A: The key word is “criminal.” Criminals should be arrested and prosecuted. As mayor, I will employ more police officers and give them resources they need to remove such criminals from our streets. We will track these individuals, and once they have done their time, make every effort to send them to their original homes.
Q: Has the city of Charleston become a better or worse place to live in the past five years? How so?
A: Charleston has lost people and jobs while the budget, taxes, and crime have increased. People want change. They feel uncomfortable walking to the mall from downtown. They are frustrated with lack of upkeep of streets and facilities. But they have hope that we can restore Charleston to a place more people will want to call home.