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Candidate profile: Gary F. Spencer, Charleston City Council, Ward 14

Gary F. Spencer (D)

Charleston

Education: West Virginia University, AB, MA; Air Command and Staff College; and Squadron Officer School

Occupation: Retired

Gazette Opinion:

Q: Do you support evidence-based programs to protect public health during the drug abuse crisis?

A: The opioid and drug epidemic impacts families and residents' safety in negative and tragic ways. I support evidence-based programs, mental health and drug prevention programs to assist addicts and public safety. More support for our caregivers, police and fire personnel is required for residential safety and addict recovery.

Q: Would you support expanding the bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard?

A: The bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard should be expanded. I have safety concerns involving automobile traffic and the Kanawha river. There must be attention given to investments for accident prevention for both riders and traffic along the river bank.

Daily Mail Opinion:

Q: How should the city address the issue of criminal transient individuals?

Criminal transient individuals must be monitored and prohibited to live under bridges or in abandoned buildings. Our police and fire department personnel do an outstanding job given limited resources. We must have complete law enforcement and caregiver cooperation to insure public safety. Community involvement and support is necessary for success

Q: Has the city of Charleston become a better or worse place to live in the past five years? How so?

A: Charleston has seen a significant loss in population, jobs, stores, property and infrastructure. We have the potential to become one of the best capitol locations in the country. We have diverse residents, community involvement, educational and religious institutions working for us. We must utilize our talents and resources to succeed.

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  • Joe Manchin (i) (D)
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  • Kendra Fershee (D)
  • David B. McKinley (i) (R)
  • 2ND DISTRICT 3RD DISTRICT
  • Carol Miller (R)
  • Richard Ojeda (D)
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  • Scott Brewer (i) (D)
  • Scott Cadle (R)
  • Joshua Higginbotham (i) (R)
  • Todd Mullins (I)
  • 14TH DISTRICT 15TH DISTRICT 22ND DISTRICT
  • Bill Bryant (D)
  • Jeff Eldridge (i) (I)
  • Joseph "Joe" Jeffries (R)
  • Zack Maynard (i) (R)
  • Gary McCallister (D)
  • 32ND DISTRICT
  • Tom Fast (R)
  • Austin Haynes (R)
  • Kayla Kessinger (R)
  • Mel Kessler (D)
  • Luke Lively (D)
  • David “Elliott” Pritt (M)
  • Margaret Anne Staggers (D)
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  • Dianna Graves (i) (R)
  • Thomas R. Tull (D)
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  • Melissa Riggs Huffman (D)
  • Dean Jeffries (R)
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    Funerals for Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Abodeely, Malakee - 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston. 

    Ayers, Helen - 11 a.m., Belcher Family Cemetery, Pinch Ridge.

    Backus, Ernest - 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rainelle.

    Bailey, Jerry - 5 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

    Carney Jr., Chester - 2 p.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

    Carter, Blanche - 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, North Elkview.

    Copen, Louise - Noon, McRoss Baptist Church, McRoss.

    Fizer, Donna - 3 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

    Fowler, Jeannette - 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

    Goard II, Mitchell - 5 p.m., Central Community Tabernacle, Charleston.

    Hammack, Barbara - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

    Kessinger, Wilma - 4 p.m., Canaan Baptist Church, Charleston.

    Knight II, James - 6 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

    Lymon, Daniel - 1 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

    McKown, Travis - Noon, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Wallback.

    Miller, Alexander - 4 p.m., Roane County High School, Spencer.

    Mitchell, Emma - 2 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane.

    Montgomery, Betty - 11 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charleston.

    Pfeil, Ruth - 2 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

    Roush III, George - 12:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

    Samuels, Hazel - 1:30 p.m., Dunbar Kingdom Hall, Dunbar.

    Slonaker II, Harvey - Noon, Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

    Starks, Henry - 11 a.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye.

    Stooke, David - Noon, Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

    Thompson, Thomas - 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

    White, Duane - 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

    White, James - 1 p.m., Cedar Grove Middle School, Cedar Grove.

    Woodson Jr., Lewis - 1 p.m., Abundant Life Ministries, Charleston.