Randy Stanley (R)
Education: West Virginia State University
Occupation: Retired from career with Charleston Fire Department including serving as chief
Q: Do you support evidence-based programs to protect public health during the drug abuse crisis?
A: I would support an evidence-based program if it fulfilled criteria determined by local police, EMS and city policy.
Q: Would you support expanding the bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard?
A: Yes, I believe the bike pathway should extend the entire length of the boulevard, assuming grant dollars were secured for that purpose
Daily Mail Opinion:
Q: How should the city address the issue of criminal transient individuals?
A: Criminals, whether transient or not, must be held accountable by law. These individuals also prey upon the local homeless suffering from mental illness and disabilities. I do support the current practice of arranging for transportation home for non-Charlestonians. We should also encourage alternative sentences for local individuals suffering from substance abuse.
Q: Has the city of Charleston become a better or worse place to live in the past five years? How so?
A: Unfortunately, our homeless and/or drug-addicted populations have risen substantially in the last several years. Therefore, we have a corresponding increase in crime against property and persons. Additionally, our ongoing issues with abandoned and neglected properties contribute to decreased public safety and property values in our communities.