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Candidate profile: Kendra Fershee, US House, 1st District

Kendra Fershee (D)

Morgantown

Education: University of Michigan, B.A.; Tulane Law School, J.D.

Occupation: Law professor, WVU College of Law

Gazette Opinion:

Q: What specifically would you do to end black lung disease?

A: Better miner protections and better health care through universal coverage. Miners who work long hours in narrow seams are at increased risk for black lung disease, which has been on the rise again. Decreasing exposure by allowing miners to work in lower-exposure settings without losing pay or benefits is one potential solution.

Q: Do you support beginning impeachment proceedings against President Trump?

A: We have seen here in West Virginia what happens when impeachment is used to attack those with whom we disagree politically. Impeachment proceedings should only be used when our officials have broken a law or the public trust. As a lawyer, I will only move forward on such a serious constitutional question with hard evidence.

Daily Mail Opinion:

Q: Do you support President Trump’s moves to enact tariffs on foreign goods and scale back free-trade agreements?

A: Drastic changes to trade agreements and tariffs often have unintended consequences. China’s retaliation to the tariffs will most likely depress the brightest spot in coal production right now — overseas exports. The long-term effects of the tariffs remain to be seen, and the short-term effects are likely to have a negative impact on working families in West Virginia.

Q. Congress has been described as “broken” due to partisanship, inertia and the delegating of legislative functions to the executive branch. What specific steps would you take to help Congress function better?

A. Too many members of Congress have little to no incentive to work toward solutions for their constituents because they are getting elected with donations from out-of-state donors who do not care about West Virginians. We need to elect new people who answer to no one but their constituents. Those new members will be able to work with each other to focus on making lives better, not making corporations richer.

W.Va. Candidates

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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

    4TH DISTRICT 8TH DISTRICT 17TH DISTRICT

    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 Thursday, August 22, 2019

    Booth, Paul - 2 p.m., Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

    Cummings, David - 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

    Gregor, Kathy - 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

    Lore, Madge - 11 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

    Sanders, Wetzel - 2 p.m., McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin.

    Stalnaker, Lillian - 11 a.m., Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Flatwoods.