Jennifer Pharr (D)
Education: West Virginia University
Occupation: Commercial Realtor/Property Manager
Q: Do you support evidence-based programs to protect public health during the drug abuse crisis?
A: I support accountable programs such as West Virginia Health Right, where full-service treatment is provided. Upon touring their facility I learned of a 33 percent success rate for those in treatment, which includes full harm reduction services, one-on-one group therapy, and, if needed, follow-up with a psychiatrist.
Q: Would you support expanding the bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard?
A: Yes, like the 61.5 mile Silver Comet Trail in Atlanta, Georgia. Built on abandoned railroad lines, free of charge, fully paved, covers three counties, non-motorized trails for walkers, hikers, dog walkers, bicyclists, roller bladers, and wheelchair accessible. Promotes a healthy, active lifestyle while showcasing our city's natural beauty.
Daily Mail Opinion:
Q: How should the city address the issue of criminal transient individuals?
A: Continue with programs such as the Charleston Police Department hybrid patrol, reconnecting transient individuals with out-of-town family members, and asking for residents to say something when crimes are seen. Initiate home ownership seminars/programs and offer incentives to fill vacant homes/businesses preventing squatters and fostering renewed community.
Q: Has the city of Charleston become a better or worse place to live in the past five years? How so?
A: Charleston is becoming better with plans for downtown living, urban revitalization and economic development. A renovated Coliseum and Convention Center completed, publication of a BAD Buildings report for West Side renewal, neighborhood meetings with visits from Charleston Police throughout the city, and small business development filling empty storefronts.