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Candidate profile: JB Akers, Charleston Mayor

JB Akers (R)

Charleston

Education: Graduate of Wake Forest University and WVU School of Law.

Occupation: Owner of my own law practice (full-time), Charleston City Clerk (part-time)

Gazette Opinion:

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

A: Generally, yes. However, at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's disastrous needle exchange the "evidence" was fiction. I absolutely do not support that program and I was the only mayoral candidate to call for its closure. I’m for programs that work by helping end drug abuse.

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

A: If we can afford it, yes. I 100% support increased recreational and quality of life opportunities.

Daily Mail Opinion:

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

A: They need to go. I previously outlined this in detail but, in short, aggressively tear down abandoned structures where transients stay, discourage encampments and demand accountability among social service providers. Our Police, Fire and EMS, who deal with this issue on the front lines, universally endorsed me.

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

A: There is no denying some very good things have happened (better public housing, fully paid off ballpark, Convention Center, etc). For many folks things have gotten tougher. We have to fix our quality of life issues (criminal transiency, roads, drug abuse, etc) to create more economic opportunity. We will.

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STATE RACES

U.S. SENATE

  • Rusty Hollen (L)
  • Joe Manchin (i) (D)
  • Patrick Morrisey (R)
  • U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    1ST DISTRICT
  • Kendra Fershee (D)
  • David B. McKinley (i) (R)
  • 2ND DISTRICT 3RD DISTRICT
  • Carol Miller (R)
  • Richard Ojeda (D)
  • W.VA. SUPREME COURT

    DIVISION 1 DIVISION 2

    STATE SENATE

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    HOUSE OF DELEGATES

    13TH DISTRICT
  • 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)
  • 35TH DISTRICT 36TH DISTRICT 37TH DISTRICT 38TH DISTRICT
  • Dianna Graves (i) (R)
  • Thomas R. Tull (D)
  • 39TH DISTRICT 40TH DISTRICT
  • Melissa Riggs Huffman (D)
  • Dean Jeffries (R)
  • Local Races

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    Funerals for Saturday, August 17, 2018

    Atkins, Hazelene - 2 p.m., Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

    Brown, Carol - 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

    Erwin, Stephen - 1:30 p.m., Allen Funeral Home Chapel, Hurricane.

    Foster, Brenda - 11 a.m., Jones Avenue First Church of God, Oak Hill.

    Fox, Carl - 1 p.m., Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

    Galbraith, Eric - 2 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

    Griffith, Terry - 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

    Haaland, Robin - 11 a.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

    Jarrell, Herbert - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

    Jodon, Janet - 1 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

    McMillion, Michael - 4 p.m., Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

    Oleson, Peggy - Noon, Lincoln Memorial Park, Hamlin.

    Perry, Edith - 2 p.m., Unity of Kanawha Valley, Charleston.

    Tonkin, Mary - 2 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

    Vaughan, Lawrence - 2 p.m., Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

    Wikle, Daniel - 1 p.m., Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson.