Warner and Fallon vie for 82nd District House seat, field questions from Dominion Post board

October 6 – MORGANTOWN – Candidates vying to win the 82nd District seat of the House of Delegates, representing part of Monongalia County, met with the Dominion Post editorial board to answer some questions about the issues.

Republican Debbie Warner and Democrat Katie Fallon are seeking the seat. The redistricting of chambers created 100 single-member constituencies. None of the four Mon County incumbents aiming to return to the House reside in the 82nd.

Fallon is a mother of three, ages 4 to 10, a writer, educator and author of four books, who has taught writing at several universities, including WVU, she said. His family is co-owner of a small business employing 120 people.

She is also the founder and director of a non-profit and volunteer market manager for the Cheat Lake Farmers Market. “I love my family, I love our community, and I love our state,” she said. “I want to work to improve the quality of life here for all of us,” and inspire her children to stay and work here.

Warner is the mother of four children, all adults, wife of Secretary of State Mac Warner, real estate agent and community volunteer. “I love the state of West Virginia,” she said. “Military service took us for a while and it’s good to be back.

She said, “Economic development is critical to West Virginia’s future growth and prosperity. The state has made great strides in becoming more business-friendly, but much more needs to be done, especially in the areas of infrastructure, education, including vocational/technical, and diversification of the economy. economy.

They answered a question about their views on rival tax relief plans: the Senate plan to eliminate the tax on business inventory, equipment and machinery, and the property tax on vehicles – if Amendment 2 is approved by voters – and the House and the Governor consider reducing the personal income tax.

Warner said, “I don’t know if we could do both.” The current tax structure is a bit of a barrier to development in West Virginia.

But if Amendment 2 passes and the Legislature adopts the Senate plan, it must be done in a fiscally responsible manner, she said. Counties must be made whole and local government departments and schools must be funded.

Fallon said, “Amendment 2 is problematic if passed.” Monongalia County needs resources for infrastructure, schools, etc., and social services. “Seems like that’s a bit of a stretch on the part of the state legislature.”

And the house plan, she said, favors higher-income residents. She would like to see relief for low- and middle-income residents.

They answered a question about how they would spend the expendable portion of the budget surplus — $1.3 billion last year and growing.

Fallon said he should go and fix the roads – they could spend all the surplus and not fix everything – as well as the broadband infrastructure; the pandemic has demonstrated the need for a full broadband connection.

She would also support returning some of the money to taxpayers in the form of a one-time payment; it wouldn’t be much but maybe enough for a few groceries or an electricity bill.

Warner said it should be invested in high-cost assets – roads, schools, broadband. “It’s part of economic development.”

An example of a good local investment, she said, would be the planned Harmony Grove interchange to connect the Morgantown Industrial Park to I-79.

Following the abortion law passed in the special session, they were asked what they would do to help mothers.

Warner said there are already many services in place, such as WIC and Head Start, and charities, churches and nonprofits to provide them. “Motherhood is a blessing and I think mothers should be celebrated.”

As for what the government should do, she said it should consider pushing big companies to provide in-house childcare and ensure better broadband so mums can work from home.

Fallon agreed that broadband is a great investment for working mothers and for providing them with connections to support systems and medical providers.

There should be more investment in public education, such as expanding kindergarten to 3, and filling childcare deserts by ensuring affordable care and better compensation for staff. There could also be employer rebates and childcare incentives.

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Denise W. Whigham