Gary F. Spencer (D)
Education: West Virginia University, AB, MA; Air Command and Staff College; and Squadron Officer School
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.