I am a life-long Wood County resident. I graduated from PHS and earned my BA from Wheeling Jesuit. Ron, my husband of 33 years, and I have two sons, both are engineers and graduates of PSHS.
Church leadership and service organization roles give me insight into opportunities for improvement across Wood County. My 36-year career with DuPont began as an operator/supervisor. I retired from DuPont working in Human Resources.
I am ready to work for you!
Q: With the decline in the extraction industries in West Virginia, what do you think should be done to diversify the state's economy?
A: Currently WV has access to cheap natural gas that can be used to attract industry. Investing in sustainable renewable energy production can move WV forward long-term. Cost effective and climate friendly energy will be the coal of the future. A start-up entrepreneurial investment in home-grown small businesses and agriculture will pay off. Our greatest strength is our hard-working people.
Q: Do you support recent weakening of EPA regulations concerning air and water quality? Why or why not?
A: Water and air pollution impact our community’s immediate health and must be addressed as a top priority. Taxes, fines/fees must be adequate for improving infrastructure while providing incentives/consequences for companies to operate responsibly. Strong effective regulations are only as good as funding enforcement. Our children’s future depends on investing in strong evolving smart regulatory systems to keep us safe.
Q: What role do you see for state government in reversing West Virginia's population decline?
A: WV plays a key role in fostering a climate of growth enabling our best and brightest to stay, prosper financially and thrive culturally. Prioritize promoting and funding development opportunities for small business and farms while fostering a dynamic diverse culture welcoming to all. Developing a public service program can help communities while enabling young people to off-set student debt.