Andy Backus (I)
Education: West Virginia University, Regents B.A.; Marshall University, M.A., Communication Studies; Liberty University, M.A., Theological Studies.
Q: Do you support evidence-based programs to protect public health during the drug abuse crisis?
A: I believe that the harm-reduction program at Health Right is exactly what we need for Charleston. Evidence-based programs that work in other cities may not be best for Charleston. At this time, I believe that Health Right’s approach is the best plan for our city.
Q: Would you support expanding the bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard?
A: I support expanding the bike pathway. I think it’s important that we have a bikable city. Improving our economy is key. If we want to be able to do special projects, we need to focus on improving the business climate in our city.
Daily Mail Opinion:
Q: How should the city address the issue of criminal transient individuals?
A: We need to double our efforts to help those who need it, while earning a reputation as a city that does not put up with lawbreakers. If you want help, we’ll help you. If you’re here to take advantage of us, we’re going to push you until you either change your lifestyle or leave.
Q: Has the city of Charleston become a better or worse place to live in the past five years? How so?
A: The last five years have been tough. Besides increased safety concerns, businesses have found city leadership to be increasingly unfriendly. As mayor, I would say, “It’s our privilege to support the businesses that support our city.” We need new leadership, not someone who is influenced by political parties and agenda-driven organizations. We need an independent thinker.