JB Akers (R)
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)
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.