The beauty of West Virginia is unparalleled. Strong will and pride run deep in the veins of its people. But grave economical and sociological circumstances have long plagued the state and caused great strife in the lives of its residents. Although nationally the economy has being growing, the small towns that make up West Virginia don’t feel that growth. Small businesses—the backbone of the state—continue to struggle. But why is that? To answer that question you must go to the heart of the state’s problem and understand the state’s greatest ailment: The drug epidemic.

Heroin and opioid addiction runs rampant and burns like wildfire through the state. Every few hours it claims another victim—another life gone to waste. It’s easy to dismiss those with addictions and cast them aside as nothing but “weak willed”, but those addicted deserve more than that—they aren’t nobodies—they are moms and dads; sons and daughters;  teachers; waitresses; doctors; truckers. They are us.

But what have those elected to lead the state done to combat this issue? Nothing. The issue is raised--but as is the case all too often in politics—it is talked about, but nothing is ever done. To call this nothing more than a “drug problem” is unwise. It is as much a social issue as it is an economic and educational issue. “Help wanted’ signs plaster shop windows, yet still employers struggle to find help, thus hindering their potential growth. Studies have found that 2 out of every 5 West Virginians struggle with some form of addiction that affects their ability to work. We need to stop thinking of this as a “drug problem” and think about it for what it truly is: A social and economic epidemic.

I’m running to represent West Virginia’s 1st District. Incumbent Rep. McKinley has held the seat for many years now, yet the situation has only deteriorated. I think, perhaps, it is time for change. Time for a new voice to speak on behalf of West Virginians. I’m not a politician, I’m just like you. I’m a contractor, and as the owner of a small business I see firsthand the problems plaguing West Virginia every single day. I think it is time we have someone that knows the problems facing WV be the one to help fix them. If we want to grow the economy, rebuild the roads, improve our schools and strengthen West Virginia’s standing on the national stage then we must start by empowering its great people. Together we can give our children and our children's children something to be proud of.

Let us be thankful that we live in an era when the will of the people carries a greater influence than the wrath of the gun. It is that will--that great American spirit that you, your neighbor, and your neighbor's neighbor all possess, rather it be consciously or subconsciously. It is a morality that has adhered to the flesh and soil of this country. It is patriotism. As Frances Wright once said, "patriotism is a virtue and a patriot a virtuous man". 


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