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Candidate profile: Theresa Jackson, House of Delegates, 15th District

Theresa 'Tess' Jackson (I)

Hurricane

Education: Winfield High School; Marshall University

Occupation: Teacher

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: First, We need to ensure property rights are clearly defined and respected. Second, we must monitor and enforce protective environmental policies. Gas companies cannot be allowed to profit from our state while destroying our land.

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

A: We must partner with growing companies to encourage them to build new operations in West Virginia. We must also encourage tourism in our state parks, especially with West Virginians.

Q: How should West Virginia fund PEIA? 

A: PEIA will require a mixture of revenue from several sources in order to cover the rising costs. We should consider investing the profits from PEIA back into the program, raising the gas severance tax, and reassessing the current dispersal of funds.

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: Not in its current form.

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

A: No, charter schools weaken existing public school systems. They require funding that could be devoted to the existing public schools, and are not shown to be more effective than traditional public schools.

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

A: We should consider raising it.

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    Funerals for Sunday, September 22, 2019

    Browning, Thelma - 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

    Cooper, Corey- 2 p.m., Henson & Kitchen Funeral Mortuary, Huntington.

    Pennington, Connie- 2 p.m., White Cemetery, Danese. 

    Waybright, Gerald- 3:30 p.m., Pickens Cemetery, Pickens. 

    Young, Susan- 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.