Meet the Candidates 2020

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This page is designed to be nonpartisan and a reference guide for our Fayette County community. All candidates on the 2020 ballot were asked to provide the same information: Name, political party, what they are running for, email, phone, twitter, facebook, website and a brief description.

To learn more about each candidate, click on their name below.

  • Paula Jean Swearengin is a working class daughter and granddaughter of coal miners. Her campaign is rooted in the love she has for the people of West Virginia, and her conviction that no one should die or go bankrupt because they don’t have health insurance—and that no family should be collateral damage in the corporate quest for profit.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3042992688

    E-mail: lissa@paulajean.com

    Twitter: @paulajean2020

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  • I’m running for congress because I’m a mother and I want to work to create a better future for all of our children. I want all of our communities to have access to clean water, quality healthcare and education, broadband, good roads, and good jobs.

    I’ve been a teacher and worked in healthcare, and I know that our working families deserve more.
    My family has had a farm here in West Virginia for 6 generations, and I want to work to support small family farmers to be successful. Legalizing cannabis and hemp could also be a great economic boost for our small farmers in WV.

    I will work to pass the Reclaim Act, which would invest one billion dollars into cleaning up abandoned coal mines in Appalachia, and remediate sources of water pollution. I’ll also support tourism and small business development. I’ll fight to make sure that everyone has access to comprehensive healthcare. I’ll work to raise the minimum wage and protect worker’s rights. I’m not accepting corporate money so that I’ll only be accountable to the people. I’ll work to bring renewable energy development and jobs to West Virginia

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3043154660

    Email: hilaryturnerwv@gmail.com

    Twitter: @turnerwv

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  • Ben Salango is a lifelong Democrat, raised in the heart of West Virginia. He is dedicated to moving West Virginia forward by prioritizing investments in public education, creating more jobs in the Mountain State, protecting health care, fixing the roads, and combating the opioid epidemic. Ben can be trusted to fight for West Virginia’s working families.

    As a Kanawha County Commissioner, Ben has made economic development and job creation a top priority. He led the effort to build the Shawnee Sports Complex – a travel sports facility that brought tens of millions of dollars into the community in 2019 alone. The project created jobs and is a driving force for many local hotels and businesses updating and renovating to accommodate the influx of tourism to West Virginia.

    Ben has distinguished himself on the Kanawha County Commission as a forward thinker, always working to improve the lives of Kanawha County residents. He worked to create the Upper Kanawha Business Assistance Program (UKAN), a program dedicated to creating entrepreneurs in the Upper Kanawha Valley, a part of the state that has been heavily impacted by the loss of coal jobs. He fought to fully fund the Kanawha Senior Services program and guarantee that every senior citizen that requested meal services would be able to receive them.

    Raised in a two-bedroom trailer on Sullivan Road in a small town called Glen Morgan in Raleigh County, Ben saw how his parents struggled every day to make ends meet. Eventually his parents started their own small business and worked day and night to make it a success so that he and his siblings would have a chance to get ahead. The example set for him by his parents instilled in Ben a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. At the age of 15, Ben earned his union card bagging groceries at Kroger.

    After graduating from Shady Spring High School, he attended West Virginia University and West Virginia University College of Law. As a product of West Virginia’s public schools and a graduate of West Virginia University, Ben understands the importance of public education and just how necessary it is to invest in West Virginia schools, educators, and students.

    As an attorney, Ben has spent his career seeking justice on behalf of those who deserve it. He has fought tirelessly for the rights of workers and their families and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America. Ben is also the owner of 304 Tees, a West Virginia based apparel company that uses local union labor to produce every shirt.

    Ben Salango is a devoted father and husband. He lives in Charleston with his wife Tera; two sons, T.J. and Caden; and two dogs, Brentley and Rocco. In his spare time, he coaches youth soccer and enjoys the natural beauty of West Virginia by hiking, hunting, biking, and running. Ben is also an avid mountain climber and has reached the summits of mountains all over the world.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 681-205-2465

    E-mail: info@bensalango.com

    Twitter: @BenSalango

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  • erika

    Erika Kolenich is a resident of Buckhannon, WV where she resides with her husband, Karl, and Iris, their daughter. She was raised in West Virginia, the daughter of small business entrepreneurs. They taught her work ethic and personal responsibility at an early age. Erika graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1997. Upon graduating high school, Erika attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she double majored in Dramatic Arts and Political Science. Upon graduating WVWC in 2001, Erika attended law school at the University of Akron. Following the passage of both the Ohio and West Virginia bar exams, Erika returned to West Virginia and worked at a litigation law firm in Wheeling West Virginia. Shortly thereafter, she made the jump to open her own practice in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Erika is now the managing member of Klie Law Offices, PLLC, a litigation firm. She has devoted her career to representing West Virginians.
    Erika is running because she is frustrated with politics. The Democrats and Republicans have become consumed with party politics and party agendas and not with representing West Virginians. The good people of our state are getting lost in that process.
    Failure to compromise is crippling our state. Both parties have had the opportunity to run the State in the past and both parties have put West Virginia almost last on every list. Erika knew she could no longer sit by and watch that happen, so she decided to run in order to clear West Virginia’s path to success by removing the obstacles holding us back. She chose the office of Governor because it was an office where she could make a substantial impact even if she did not win by increasing awareness of the Libertarian party and by maintaining the ability of Libertarians to be on the ballot in the future. she wants to give people who are as frustrated an option to finally vote for someone they could relate to, trust, and believe in as opposed to the lesser of two evils. Erika is running on a platform of economic development, decriminalization of cannabis and preservation of individual liberties and freedoms.

    Party: Libertarian

    Phone: 3044725007

    Email: kolenich4wv@gmail.com

    Twitter: @ErikaKolenich

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  • Before being elected Governor, I was a job creator serving as the president and CEO of 102 different companies and employing thousands of West Virginians. It is the honor of my life to serve as your Governor. We’re turning West Virginia’s economy around, and we’re investing in our roads and schools. There is still work to be done, and I’m just getting started because I want jobs, opportunity, and hope for all West Virginians. There are challenges ahead, and more work to do, and I am focused every day on building on the successes we have achieved during my first term. I ask for your vote to serve as your Governor for a second term.

    Party: Republican

    Phone: 6817534000

    Email:info@justiceforwv.com

    Twitter: @JimJusticeWV

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  • I’m running for Secretary of State because I want to see a West Virginia that welcomes businesses and diversity, respects workers, and embraces innovation.
    I was secretary of state for 8 years and I am proud of the work we accomplished by streamlining and modernizing the office, saving businesses money and saving 3 million dollars and giving it back to you.
    I am even more proud of the way we treated people. And that’s what at stake here in the Secretary of State’s race.
    You deserve decency and dignity in the office. I will bring that back.
    I will also help our businesses and will once again remove a transaction fee that was placed on them.
    I will fully implement an electronic web-based business portal to help our businesses.
    I will implement automated voter registration. I worked with republicans and democrats to pass it four years ago and it hasn’t been started yet.
    I have a reputation for having innovative ideas like online voter registration. Thank goodness I had the courage to implement it many years ago. It’s what we’re using now as we rely so much on technology and online services.
    It’s what I’ll do next. I’ll be brave so West Virginia can be bold.
    It will take courage, vision and cooperation.
    I know we can do this West Virginia. I believe in you.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 304-395-4491

    E-mail: natalie@natalietennant.com

    Twitter: @NatalieTennant

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  • My name is Mary Ann Claytor. The Auditor is the official bookkeeper for the state of West Virginia. The Auditor is responsible for making sure that every dollar spent by a public entity is in compliance with the laws and regulations of the state. The Auditor isn’t required to have an accounting degree, but it helps.

    I am the only candidate running for State Auditor with an accounting degree; the only candidate who has provided training for local governments; and I’m the only candidate who has actually performed financial and compliance audits for the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office. I am uniquely qualified to run the office. I will bring our audits back up to date and save taxpayers money in the process.

    In 2016, county audits were about 10% behind schedule. In 2020, audits are hovering around 70% behind. First, we have to focus on bringing our audits back up to date. Then, I will begin working on a new Auditor’s Portal website where I will make all of the Auditor’s Offices findings and audit reports available in plain English for all taxpayers to digest easily. One of the best ways to hold public officials accountable is by keeping taxpayers informed.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3049931939

    Email :maryann@mac4wv.com

    Twitter: @Maryannclaytor

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  • A lifelong West Virginian, I have been a strong fiscal watchdog for West Virginia as our 21st State Auditor. Before being elected as State Auditor, I was a member of the House of Delegates, faithfully serving constituents in the 35th district of Charleston from 2012-2016. As a husband and father, I know the struggle of paying bills and raising a family in West Virginia. I have created more efficiency in our state government, saved over $10,000,000 in state spending, renegotiated state contracts to save West Virginians money, and elevated our state to number one in the country in transparency. West Virginia needs someone who will continue to change the culture in the Auditor’s office by putting fiscal conservative values first. My continuing pledge to the citizens of West Virginia is this: I will continue to be a taxpayer watchdog for all West Virginians, eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse throughout state government, and I will put the interests of the taxpayers first as your State Auditor.”

    Party: Republican

    Phone: 3042824885

    Email: jbmccuskey@gmail.com

    Twitter: @McCuskeyForWV

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  • John Perdue is West Virginia’s 24th State Treasurer and is currently serving his fifth term. Prior to being elected State Treasurer, Perdue served as executive assistant to former Governor Gaston Caperton and Assistant Commissioner at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

    Considered one of the country’s top State Treasurers, Perdue’s tenure has been marked by an impressive list of accomplishments that include innovative programs, modernization of office systems and a strong desire to help West Virginians with the financial tools they need to live, work and prosper in the Mountain State.

    Under his guidance, the Board of Treasury Investments received an AAAm rating from Standard and Poor, the highest rating available for a money market fund. His office manages more than $17 billion in state funds.

    • He established the very popular SMART529 College Savings Program, which gives parents and grandparents a tax advantaged way to save for their child’s education. The fund has current assets of more than $2.7 billion.
    • His office has returned more than $230 million in Unclaimed Property, setting records both in West Virginia and nationwide.
    • He established West Virginia Retirement Plus, a deferred compensation plan for state employees.
    • He created a national award-winning financial education initiative NetWorth, to teach students how to invest money.

    John is working with other state leaders to bring broadband services to rural West Virginia. He believes strongly that expanded broadband services is the only way that schools and small businesses can compete in the world market.

    John has two grown children and lives in Cross Lanes, WV with his wife.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 304-558-5000

    E-mail: info@manahangroup.com

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  • Riley Moore is a West Virginia native, born in Morgantown. He began his career working as a welder in a rock quarry maintaining mining equipment alongside many others from the Eastern Panhandle. While welding, he put himself through school and received his undergraduate degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University in Virginia. He then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.

    For many years, Riley served as a national security advisor on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill.

    Riley has since joined the private sector and now works as a Director at Textron/Bell Helicopter supporting their US Marine Corps helicopter programs. Prior to the U.S. Congress, Riley worked as a contractor with the Department of Homeland Security. He resides in Harpers Ferry with his wife Mina and two daughters.

    REASONS FOR RUNNING

    Accountability: Riley is calling for a top-to-bottom audit of the State Treasurer’s office. He is committed to returning as much money back to our taxpayers. We need to right size government in West Virginia. We cannot have a growing government and a shrinking population. Nevertheless, that is exactly what is happening in the Treasurer’s office. Riley is campaigning on introducing term limits for constitutional offices in West Virginia to guarantee more accountability.

    Modernization: Riley is proposing a “blue collar” educational savings account. There is currently one for college, but what about our young people that are joining the labor workforce? If you can use college savings accounts for books and computers, then why can’t we have a savings account for tools, equipment and certifications in a given trade? Riley is calling this the “Jump Start Savings Plan.”

    Transparency: The State Treasurer oversees the investments of the state of West Virginia. That’s a big and important job. But today, few people outside of state government have any idea what we have invested in or how our investments are performing. Working with the Auditor, Riley will add a page to WVCheckbook.gov that tracks our state’s investments and makes it easier for West Virginians to decide whether or not the Treasurer is handling their money responsibly. It’s your money, you deserve to know what is happening with it.

    Party: Republican

    Phone: 3047075838

    Email: riley@mooreforwv.com

    Twitter: @RileyMooreWV

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  • For 20 years, I served in the United States Marine Corps retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. Nearing retirement, I bought an abandoned 380-acre farm in Western Monongalia County in 1982 with the goal of bringing the farm back into full production. In 2014, I was elected as a State Senator for the second senatorial district before being elected Commissioner of Agriculture in 2016. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management and a master’s degree in Business Management. I have also served as a member of the Monongalia County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Monongalia County Livestock Association. My wife Shirley and I still live on our farm in western Monongalia County.

    If re-elected, I hope we can continue to build on our successes over the last three and a half years. We have done everything in our power to provide new economic development opportunities for our farmers and introduce new, cash crops into West Virginia. During this pandemic, we advocated and have worked with the Governor’s office to keep agriculture moving in West Virginia. At the same time, we have helped our veterans, first responders, as well as the new generation of farmers, find opportunity in the Mountain State. We just started and have much more to accomplish.

    Party: Republican

    Phone: 3042888189

    E-mail: kentforwv@gmail.com

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  • Native West Virginia, raised on a large 800 ac. cattle farm north of Morgantown. My father taught Ag Sciences, so farming was instilled in me at very you age. FFA and 4-H were a big part of growing up. Following H.S. I trained as meat merchandizer(meat cutter), managed/ supervised store operations, regional meat commodities buyer, food safety; all of which allowed me to put three children through college, including myself. The past 20 years I have been a member of the legislature and and a member of the Committee on Agriculture(chairman). Past member of the WVU Davis Ag School Visitation team. Southern Legislative Conference. 20 years. Committee on Ag. and Rural Development. Eighteen months ago I was approached by farmers from Mason and Kanawha Counties to toss my hat in the ring as a candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture. After just a few hours I was convinced changes were needed. In the past four years WV has lost 722 farms. No longer in production. The past five years we have lost 50% of our dairy operations. Hemp farmers forced to burn fields due to failed testing procedures. We’ve lack of advocacy for our farm communities. Lack of resources, and the most common complaint I hear is a lack of communication between farmer and the WVDA. Excessive out side the state travel expenditures by the WVDA. The release of personal information of Veterans enrolled in WVDA programs. Four years ago WV ranked 37 in gross receipts, today we rank 43…all in all this has led me to believe a change in administration is not only needed but imperative if we are to grow agriculture here in West Virginia. Many of the problems stated above can be fixed with proven leadership and experience. My 54 years experience from the farm to the state house will prove beneficial for WV. No need to wait for four years for a plan. We have much of our plan posted for review. Please visit beachforwv.com to view our plan. Day one we will begin implementation. By the way we consulted farmers while crafting much of the plan. No need to spend $100,000 to a Pittsburgh firm to tell us how to farm in the Mountain State. I look forward to advancing agriculture here in West Virginia. Working together we will accomplish our goals.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 304-932-7170

    Email: bob-beach@comcast.net

    Twitter: @beachforwv

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  • My name is Sam Brown Petsonk. I’m a ninth generation West Virginian, worked as an advisor to Senator Robert C. Byrd, and have spent my career delivering millions of dollars in wages, healthcare, and black lung benefits for hundreds of coal miners statewide, fighting for retirees healthcare, and promoting workforce development and economic opportunity. Our Attorney General should be leading the fight to protect West Virginia consumers, workers, retirees, and small businesses. Unfortunately, my opponent, Patrick Morrisey, has done just the opposite.

    Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit to eliminate healthcare for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians. On the Monday after Election Day, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in that very case to overturn our federal healthcare laws – doing away with the services we cannot live without. In my long experience with this law, I have watched as these programs brought healthcare to patients and a lifeline to clinics across our state. We have thousands of high-quality healthcare jobs, and healthcare for the hardest-working humans on the face of the earth today because of it. 

    I’m running for Attorney General to be the People’s Lawyer – to represent all West Virginians. My top priority as Attorney General would be to stop the federal healthcare lawsuit. We must protect healthcare coverage for West Virginians. As AG, I will remove our state from the dangerous lawsuit that threatens people with pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, COPD, diabetes, etc. My other priorities are to tackle substance use disorder, promote strong public education, and working on statutory enforcement (consumer protection, antitrust, wage & hour, & civil rights), and infrastructure, planning, and development.

    Party: Democrat

    Email: info@samforwv.com

    Twitter: @Sam4WV

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  • I am a native and life-long resident of Fayette County with a true interest and concern for the future of our great State. I have served in several public offices within our county and state, including my service as a Magistrate, Sheriff, member of the WV House of Delegates, and two terms in the WV State Senate. As a candidate for the State Senate in the 10th Senatorial District, which includes Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties, I will strongly support the advancement of public education in our State and will stand-up for the public policy interests of our teachers and school service personnel. My core values and beliefs beliefs include the needs of working families and promoting good paying jobs with benefits for West Virginia workers. I am committed to finding ways to solve our serious drug addiction issues through investments in community-based intervention, treatment and recovery programs. Critical to the future of our State and strengthening our economy will be the investment required to strengthen and build our broadband capacity in all areas throughout our State. This critical infrastructure will be required to attract and retain new businesses within our State. Finally, in the 10th Senatorial District, we are indeed blessed with the natural beauty and resources necessary for the continued growth of tourism in our region. In the State Senate, I will work closely with those in the tourism industry to ensure that the potential economic benefits from our hospitality industry is more fully realized.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: (304) 640-7995

    E-mail: wrlairdiv@gmail.com

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  • Hello, I’m Mark A. Hurt, a Husband & Father. I’m very involved in the community as a High School Soccer Coach and Youth Coach. I will be your full time representative with a Degree in Business Management along with Big Box Retailer Management Experience and a Small Business Owner. I have the experience and knowledge to create jobs and opportunities to keep my and your kids working right here in our great state! To create jobs we must 1. Fix our Infrastructure (roads & broadband, etc.) 2. We need to build our workforce with training in High School/ Vocational Trades! With the uncertainty of the our future, one thing that is for certain, we need experience & leadership in the House of Delegates! With your vote and support, I will be that experienced leader that will be a job creator and full time Delegate that we so desperately need! Thank you, Mark A. Hurt.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3046401575

    E-mail: mrmarkhurt5@aol.com

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  • I am a proud resident of West Virginia. Being born and raised here has shown me the issues that our communities face and taught me the value of a hard day’s work. As a child, my grandpa, who was a WWII veteran, always told me that the American Dream could be a reality if we worked hard and played by the rules. When I noticed that it was getting increasingly harder to achieve that, I knew that I had to step up and do something. I decided to run for office. My goal is simple: make West Virginia greater than it has ever been. How do we do that? Unitedly, we have to focus on ending the drug epidemic, rebuilding or repairing our infrastructure, bettering our public education system, and reforming the tax code. One of my main goals is to double the homestead exemption to lower the tax burden on seniors. My other main goal is to implement special tax incentives for businesses to locate here. Together, we can make this the best place to call home. I’m proudly endorsed by West Virginians for Life, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia Farm Bureau, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, the West Virginia State Medical Association, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Metallurgical Coal Producers Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia, the West Virginia Auto Dealers Association, and US Senator Shelley Moore Capito. Additionally, I have received an “A” rating from the NRA. These organizations know that I am good for our way of life and for bringing business into our state. I would be honored to receive your vote in the upcoming election.

    Party: Republican

    Phone: 3046405080

    E-mail: haynesforhouse@gmail.com

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  • I am an ER doctor and a paramedic. I want to start the healing process among Americans. Peace prosperity and health for us. We will live through this monster virus and life will be different but let’s make it better.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3045741787

    Email: margaretstaggers@gmail.com

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  • I was born and raised in West Virginia. I’m married to my best friend and husband of 28 years, Tim, and have one daughter that just graduated from college and started her career. We have a small free range zoo of five rescue animals.

    I’ve worked with and advocated for children and families most of my adult life. I’m a licensed social worker and hold a Masters degree in Counseling. I work with parents, youth, community members and educators on issues related to adolescent health, such as bullying prevention, sexual violence prevention, etc. I have seen government both help and harm families and understand the importance of a government that is responsive to the needs of the people.

    ​Corruption is legal in West Virginia. It is perfectly legal to accept campaign money from big corporate interests, get elected, then work to pass legislation that benefits that same big corporate interest. That might be giving them tax breaks. It might be rolling back safety or environmental regulations to allow them to dump waste in our communities. It’s all perfectly legal. Why don’t we pass legislation that will hold our elected officials accountable to the people who elect them? Why don’t we elect a representative that refuses that corporate money?

    Big Corporations have plenty of elected officials working for them. It’s time that the voters have someone looking out for them. I have pledged not to take ANY corporate contributions so that you know that I’m working for you, not the corporations.

    I’m committed to Democratic Party Reform. After the 2016 primary, where the State of WV watched 8 “leaders” spit in the eye of WV voters by overriding the WV primary vote with their “superdelegate” votes, I set out to make sure that never happens to West Virginians again. For the past few years, I’ve taken a deep deep dive into Party politics which is often a very closed and unfriendly system, and advocated for reform and inclusion on the national, state and local level. I was in the room when the DNC voted to drastically reduce the power of “superdelegates”. I understand that it does take a political revolution to change our political Parties so that our government truly is run by and for the people.

    I pledge the following:

    I will meet with and listen to people in every part of our district. ALL 5 counties: Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas & Raleigh.

    I will work to make life better for you and your family. Healthcare, Education, Broadband, Living Wage, Roads & Bridges,
    Senior Care, Water Quality, Quality After-school care, Drug treatment, and I will introduce a WV Miner’s Black Lung program.

    I will not accept ANY Corporate money. My priority will be serving you and your family, NOT corporations.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3046633037

    Email: teamvickers.wv@gmail.com

    Twitter: @SelinaVickers

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  • I am a Fayette County native and a US Air Force veteran, the daughter of high school teachers & granddaughter of a coalminer who was a union president. I grew up in the Montgomery area and graduated from Valley High School in 1989. After serving my country in the military and with the Federal government, I returned home in 2013, where I’ve continued to serve the public as a prosecuting attorney and a public defender (law is my second career).

    Through my 18 years of military and Federal service, I became an experienced leader and an expert manager of people, and large programs and budgets. I drafted key portions of national policy documents and formed and implemented strategies to implement them. Through that experience and as a lawyer, I know how to get things done and to identify resources when they are otherwise scarce. I don’t and won’t take no for an answer if it means, for example, a group of Fayette Countians are paying for water that they cannot drink and that is so brown and corrosive, it’s ruining their appliances, clothes and pipes. A Commissioner may not have the authority to fix that issue, but he or she can leverage their position to pressure those who do have it.

    I am running because I care about the people of Fayette County. I have nothing to personally or professionally gain by running other than a position to leverage for the benefit of the county. I do not believe in granting political favors and believe Fayette County tax dollars should be spent for the benefit and development of the whole county – not just the County Seat.

    I believe taxpayers should know specifically, publicly, and in an understandable format, how their money is being spent. I believe in full transparency in government and accountability by those who receive tax revenue to show where the money is going. I think Fayette County has been largely flying blind for years with very little leadership. Our health department and emergency services have all had to organize on their own to respond to the pandemic. The County Commission is the County government. It should lead on these issues.

    I believe the pandemic will prove to be a mixed blessing for us. The new culture of telecommuting is going to drive professionals from urban areas and their families to seek refuge here and we need to be ready. We need to create incentives for businesses to move here that will create jobs and generate revenue. We need to develop programs to help our own entrepreneurs start businesses in their communities that will help them thrive. If you feel nervous about the idea of an influx of new people, just think back to the way our county was in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It was thriving. I miss those days, don’t you? These new people will only serve to replace the population & businesses we have lost, & if we’re lucky, create opportunities for lost Fayette County natives to move home.

    I’m not a miracle worker and wouldn’t suggest to you that any of these ideas will be quick or easy to implement. I do think if you are the least bit excited about the possibilities, you need to seek out people for public office who are willing and have the experience to get things done. People who will be your advocate and won’t take no for an answer when it comes to the addressing your needs. We have some of the most tranquil, beautiful land in the country here, and our people are as good and hardworking as they come. If that is not a recipe for success, I don’t know what is.

    Thank you for hearing me out. I hope I have earned your confidence and your vote.

    Party: Republican

    Phone: 3045748086

    Email: taylorforfcc@gmail.com

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  • My name is Denise Eskew Scalph. I am your county commissioner and a candidate for re-election in November. I came to the commission office with a passion and desire to serve our county and to help others. I have been working hard and I am proud of the accomplishments made since I have been in office. Being instrumental in helping to improve the quality of life for the people of this county, and serving you, has been an honor and a privilege. I am proud of my family’s heritage in Fayette County. I have a sincere commitment to give back to a community that has given so much to myself and my family. Our county has made significant strides toward a better future. I will continue to support and participate in activity that will provide ways of achieving healthy, safe and prosperous communities. I will also continue to serve the citizens of Fayette County with the dedication and respect they deserve. I hope that you will give me the opportunity to continue to work to achieve good things for Fayette County and its citizens. I respectfully ask for your support and for your vote for Denise Eskew Scalph. Thank you and God Bless You!

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3045743678

    Email: deskewscalph@hotmail.com

  • I am a lifelong resident of Fayette County and have deep roots in our community. I am an honor graduate of Oak Hill High School, hold Bachelors and Masters degrees from West Liberty University and Kent State University respectively, and I am currently employed as a librarian with the Fayette County Public Libraries. A librarian is just the type of person who can get excited about a job like clerk, which involves filings and managing important documents. More recently, I was elected as a member of the Oak Hill City Council. I have always considered public service to be a central part of my life.

    The Fayette County Clerk position is an important, but often overlooked, part of our county government. Whether it’s will or estate questions, vital statistics like birth and death certificates, or most importantly, your voter registration, the county clerk oversees many of your public records. Elections administration is the most important part of the position. Without free and fair elections, all of our other elected positions cannot do their work. I will work to improve access to public records and update the information technology in the office. By improving things like the voter registration system, we can make the office more effective and ensure confidence in our voting process.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 304-712-2563

    E-mail: michellehollyfayette@gmail.com

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  • I am Joyce Brenemen. I am a lifelong resident of Fayette County. I grew up on Wolf Creek Road outside of Fayetteville on a 17 acre farm. My husband is John Brenemen, Jr. one of our Fayette County Commissioners. My dad was a auto body repairman. My mom was a housewife that took care of nine of us kids. I am a small business owner of Miss Ann’s Cafe in Oak Hill and was an optician for almost six years. I enjoy living on our farm and helping take care of our animals. Family is everything to me and will always be.

    If you choose me to be your County Clerk, I want to make sure all agendas that are good and fair for the people are pushed for. I will work hard at making sure the most top priority matters are dealt with in a timely matter. Not that other matters aren’t important but ones that needs to be dealt with urgently. I plan to make sure ALL things are fair.
    I will work for you the people of the county to do what’s right and best for you. I am not go into this for myself. I want to see our county improve and I am willing to step up to the plate and get the job done.

    Party: Republican

    Phone:3043623093

    Email: joycebrenemen@gmail.com

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  • I deserve your vote because I am committed to Fayette County and I am committed to the job of Sheriff.  I was born and raised in Fayette County, and have spent my life here, except for the eight years I was serving our country in the United States Marine Corps.  I returned to Fayette County to have and raise a family.  I am a dedicated family man, married for 32 years with two daughters.  I have served you, in the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department for the last 23 continuous years, as a Deputy Sheriff and having the privilege to be appointed as the Chief Deputy for four years and elected as your Sheriff for the past three years.  I know the job of Sheriff.

    In working as your Sheriff, I would continue the work, fighting for our communities, trying to take them back from the drug dealers.  I will continuously work to find the dealers, arrest them, and in working with the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, seize their property, so it can be resold to someone that will fit into the community.  

    I also am a firm believer in our rights:  our right to privacy, our right to bear arms, and our right to feel safe and secure in our own homes.  

    I enjoy relaxing with my puppy, fishing and I am a charter member of Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

    I am a dedicated, responsible leader who chose not to become complacent in my career. I have worked hard during the past three years as your Sheriff, serving and protecting the citizens of Fayette County.

    And lastly, I am committed to community and dedicated to progress.  I have worked hard to build a good rapport between our deputies and our communities, because you are our eyes and ears in fighting crime.  Together we can keep Fayette County moving forward.

    I LIKE MIKE 
    What does “I LIKE MIKE” mean to the voters in this election?

    Well, “I LIKE MIKE” means many things to many people. To my wife of 32 years, “I Like Mike” signifies a loving marriage that has withstood the test of time. She is my rock, my confidant, the love of my life. To my girls, Hannah and Ashley, it signifies a dad that has coached the softball games, made the funny “selfies”, the guy who will always love them, and always has their back.

    To my friends, both democrat and republican, “I LIKE MIKE” means a dependable friend, who laughs, has fun, goes fishing, and is one phone call away.

    To the communities of Fayette County, “I LIKE MIKE” signifies a person you can always count on, especially during those rough times. It signifies a person who has the best interest of every citizen and is willing to continue the hard work to keep your trust.

    See, “I Like Mike.” is much more than a campaign slogan. When you say, “I Like Mike” you’re saying you trust me, to keep me as Sheriff of Fayette County. You trust my judgement to do what is right and to continue leading the county in the right direction. Your trust, is something I do not take lightly! So, when you say, “I Like Mike”, I know that you believe in me. Please know I will not let you down if re-elected Sheriff of Fayette County.

    I ask you, in this election, please vote Mike Fridley for Sheriff!

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 3047196907

    E-mail: fridleyforsheriff@gmail.com

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  • My name is Eddie Young. I started working in the Assessor’s office in 1989. I started as an Appraiser, and was later promoted to Reappraisal Supervisor. In 1994 I was promoted to Chief Deputy. I served in that position till 2004.I became Assessor after my boss’s untimely death. I am running for my fifth term as Assessor. I have been voted Assessor of the year by the West Virginia State Tax Department(2018). I served as third, second,first Vice President, and President(2010) of the Association of WV Assessors. I was voted Assessor of the year by my fellow Assessors in 2009. I strive to see that each taxpayer is treated fairly and accurately. I understand this job and I work hard to see that is is done correctly. I have a great staff and we are always willing to listen and help if we can. I have modernized many facets of this office to meet with today’s technology. I would appreciate your vote this November.

    Party: Democrat

    Phone: 304-573-7785

    E-mail: Harvey.E.Young@wv.gov

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A Digital Reference Guide

We want to have a page dedicated to the candidates on the ballot of Fayette County in November 2020.  

We are asking each candidates to fill out the form below and we will then put each of your profiles and bios with a photo on this page for people to have a reference.

Please email a photo to Jourdan at jourdan@newrivergorgecvb.com.