Candidate profile: Scott Brewer, House of Delegates, 13th District

Scott Brewer (D)

New Haven

Education: Point Pleasant High School; Mason County Vocational Technical Center

Occupation: Union carpenter

Gazette Opinion

Q: What would you do to ensure that West Virginia protects communities from adverse environmental and public health impacts of the rising natural gas industry?

A: I believe that natural gas has the opportunity to help jump-start West Virginia’s economy. I would support the introduction of fast-reporting water quality monitors and emergency intakes in all West Virginia water systems to protect our streams.

Q: What legislation would you push to diversify West Virginia’s economy?

A: Higher education and public education have been subject to debilitating cuts in previous sessions. If you look at growth areas across America, and even here in West Virginia, economic growth occurs around institutions of higher education and areas that have access to well-funded public schools.

Q: How should West Virginia fund PEIA?

A: We should look toward a dedicated funding stream to better control the cost of public insurance. Potential sources include increasing severance taxes, a surcharge on sugary drinks, or other form of revenue generation.

Daily Mail Opinion:

Q: Do you support the current practice of “civil asset forfeiture,” whereby state law enforcement can seize property from citizens even if they are never charged with a crime?

A: No, I am opposed to civil asset forfeiture. It, like proposed “forced pooling,” deprives our citizens of due process.

Q: Should West Virginia join the 43 other states that allow students to attend public charter schools?

A: No. Charter schools have not been shown to create better educational outcomes. In fact, charter schools siphon money from already-struggling public schools. I do not approve of the privatization of education on the backs of the taxpayer.

Q: Should the severance tax on natural gas (currently at 5 percent) be raised, lowered or kept the same?

A: I believe it should be raised slightly to keep up with increased demand and activity. Our state has been in a budget free fall for many years because the wealthiest are not paying their fair share, leaving the burden of operating state government on the middle class.

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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

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    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 Monday, October 14, 2019

    Chapman, Donald - 11 a.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

    Faucett III, Jehugh - 1 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

    Gilmore, Debora - 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

    Glover, Carrie - Noon, Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.

    Holstein, Ronnie - 11 a.m., Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

    Hornbeck, Jo Ellen - 2 p.m., Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

    Keller II, George - 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.

    Lacy, Angie - 1 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

    Myers, Angela - Noon, Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

    Painter, Dorothy - 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

    Park, Emily - 11 a.m., Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg.

    Stone, Karen - 7 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

    Sweet, Ufa - 11 a.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

    Tomblin, Vonnie - 1 p.m., Mountaineer Missionary Baptist Church, Harts.

    Williams, Raymond - 1 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.