Meet the candidates: House of Delegates, 14th District


Butler

Butler


Solomon


Editor’s Note: As we approach the November General Election, the Point Pleasant Register will be running articles allowing the candidates in contested races to introduce themselves and tell the voters why they are running for office. Each candidate is asked, in their own words, to respond to two questions — tell us about yourself and why are you running for this office.

POINT PLEASANT — Some voters in Mason County will be voting on who will represent them in the West Virginia House of Delegates, 14th District, choosing between Incumbent Jim Butler (R-Gallipolis Ferry) and challenger Brianne Solomon (D-Culloden).

Candidates, along with their responses submitted to the Register, are listed below in alphabetical order.

Jim Butler

Tell us about yourself:

I love West Virginia and the people here. I’m raising a family on a Gallipolis Ferry farm where my mom was born. As a US Marine I lived in many states and countries; West Virginia is the best state, and America is the greatest country.

As a helicopter crewcheif I completed many military technical schools. I returned home following my enlistment to start a small excavating business where I’ve been working for local residents for over 25 years.

My many endorsements include West Virginians for Life, WV Senior Power, National Rifle Association, Chamber of Commerce, Farm PAC and Manufacturers Association.

Why are you running for this office:

I am running for re-election because I want to make life better for everyone. We do this by making it easier to find a good job, or start a business. With more people working our economy grows and provides for more funding for important government services like education, law enforcement, roads, medical care, economic site development and others.

In my six years in the legislature I have been in close contact with people in our community. I have written weekly updates during the 60 day sessions; making sure everyone knows how I vote and why. I appreciate the many positive responses that I receive.

With six years of seniority and experience I have been successful passing laws at the request of local families to make our roads safer. I worked in Transportation Committee to fund completion of Route 35. I have identified millions of dollars of “slush funds” for use to balance budgets, without tax increases. We are also eliminating corruption at high levels of government.

West Virginia has turned a corner toward prosperity. I humbly ask for your vote to continue making improvements that will benefit everyone, and provide a great future for our children and grandchildren. Thank You.

Brianne Solomon

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Brianne Solomon. I have been married to Ammed Solomon for ten years and we have an 8 year old son, Cole. I have 2 BA from Concord College and a MA from Marshall in Teaching. I have been a public school teacher since 2002. I am endorsed by AFT, WVEA, WVSSPA, IBEW, USW, UMWA, Construction & Building Trades, Painters, IUOE 132, AFL-CIO, National Association of Social Workers, WV Nurses Association, WV Working Families, UE 170, LAWPAC, WV Troopers Association, LiUNA, CWA, Homebuilders Association WV, and Boots of Recovery. In my free time I teach dance and do commissioned art work.

Why are you running for this office:

My decision to run for office was based out my desire to help others. As a teacher, my number one priority is to meet each student where they are, and take them further than they thought they could go. I believe that public servants are supposed to do that on a larger scale.

If elected, my role is to serve as the representation and the will of those in my district. I hope to be a source of support for people everywhere, to represent real-life working families, and to give a voice to those who believe they have none. If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re on the table. I will bring my people to the table with me every time.

I desire to help our most vulnerable citizens, and lift up everyone. I want to be the change we wish to see, and help our corner of WV shine as brightly as it can. My focuses include strengthening our education system, offering affordable post-secondary options for our students, eliminating the tax on Social Security, defending workers’ rights, cost of living adjustments for our retirees, and keeping people here and thriving in WV.

(A story on candidates representing the 13th District in the House of Delegates will appear in an upcoming edition.)

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Solomon
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