NORTHERN PANHANDLE, W.Va. (WTRF) – 7NEWS is your local voting hub. The Northern Panhandle has a big decision to make about who it thinks will grab Charleston’s attention.
On the District 1 ballot: Democrat, Randy Swartzmiller, West Virginia House of Representatives for 16 years, or Constitutionalist: Republican, Laura Wakim-Chapman. As a working mother, she doesn’t know how people are surviving with the current food and gas prices. And both want their chance to get noticed in the Capitol.
“Federal infrastructure money going into West Virginia: over $6 billion. And I feel the Northern Panhandle needs someone with experience in Charleston who can make the connections between there and the Northern Panhandle to ensure we get our fair share.”
Randy Swartzmiller, (D) Senate District 1
“We just need a strong voice in Charleston to make sure we’re not forgotten. And I think it’s important to have someone with my background in the legislature. Because of course the legislature makes laws and as a constitutional lawyer I deal with laws a lot.”
Laura Wakim-Chapman, (R) Senate District 1
She wants gasoline grants for employees that will later be credited on their tax returns. And veterans funded to guard young people leaving the state.
Randy focuses on just the opposite: those looking to retire. He wants to remove state taxes from Social Security. He said he made connections while he was there and will have them when he returns.