Meet the candidates: House of Delegates, 13th District


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Brewer

Brewer


Cadle


Higginbotham


Mullins


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 deciding just who will represent them in the 13th District in the House of Delegates.

Voters will be choosing from a field of four, including Incumbents Scott Brewer (D-New Haven) and Josh Higginbotham (R-Poca), former Delegate Scott Cadle (R-Letart) and Christopher “Todd” Mullins (I-Leon).

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

Scott Brewer

Tell us about yourself

I am Scott Brewer and I am running for re-election to the House of Delegates. I’m a 40-year Union Carpenter and currently serve as Business Representative for the Keystone-Mountain-Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters. A lifelong resident of Mason County, I married my high school sweetheart, Linda, with whom I have two sons. I currently serve on the Mason County Economic Development Authority, the West Virginia Carpenters’ Health and Pension Fund boards, and am a member of the Union Sportsmen Alliance. A gun owner and advocate for working families, I have been endorsed by the NRA, AFL-CIO, AFT-WV, and WVEA, along with others.

Why I decided to run for this office

I ran for House of Delegates because I was tired of watching the assault on working people. From the repeal of prevailing wage to the enactment of so-called Right-to-Work, I wanted to give working families a voice in Charleston. I remain concerned about the anti-middle class agenda that our legislature has adopted – and I want to be a part of the solution to fixing the wrongs created by reckless leadership in Charleston.

First and foremost, every working man and woman should receive a fair and decent wage. That’s why I stood with our teachers, troopers, service personnel, and correctional workers from day 1 in their fight to get better wages. Unlike the leadership of the Legislature, I continually sponsored and voted for pay increases, proudly standing outside the Capitol everyday with our hard-working teachers.

I remain committed to standing against the agenda of Charleston elites to bring real tax reform to middle-class families, not just the wealthy. I will fight to stop new “Forced Pooling” legislation that would force local property owners to sell their minerals without their consent. And I will continue to ensure that Charleston politicians stop messing with the health care and jobs of working people.

Scott Cadle

Tell us about yourself

I am a Native West Virginian and self-employed as a trucker for over 45 years. I am Pro Military, Pro Business, Pro 2nd Amendment (endorsed by NRA and WVCDL), Pro-Life (endorsed by West Virginians For Life), also endorsed by: WV Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Manufacturers Association and others. I ask for your vote to ensure that we have the necessary votes in Charleston to keep us on this positive course that we are presently on.

Why I decided to run for this office?

I‘ve worked very hard for West Virginians before and will work hard for them again to make sure we continue to improve our business climate.

I know what it means to work hard to make a living here. I was frustrated at being 49th or 50th place in everything good and in the top 5 in most things bad and our children having to leave to find work. But this is my home and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else so I‘ve stayed because I want our children and grandchildren to be able to stay too and make a good life/living. In order to keep them here we have to have the business climate to make that happen and having helped start it, I want to keep it going.

I‘m proud to be a part of the Oil & Gas Industry and to see what it is doing to help improve our state. Many in our state are now realizing the American Dream and many more will do so.

I foresee manufacturing returning to WV as we start to realize that being 5th in the world with Natural Gas, and with the least expensive Natural Gas, will make us a state that businesses will soon flock to and/or expand operations.

Josh Higginbotham

Tell us about yourself

Joshua Kurt Higginbotham attended Poca High School and graduated in 2014. Higginbotham attended the University of Charleston where he studied to become a history teacher. He lives with his loving family on the Higginbotham Farm in Putnam County.

Why I decided to run for this office?

I’m running for office because Mason County has a special place in my heart. I’m proud to represent the working families, small business owners, and men & women of faith from Letart to Point Pleasant.

Our community has seen some rough times, but we’re doing better than we were. I worked to bring more & better-paying jobs to Mason County. I fought hard to bring millions of dollars in road repairs and new construction to our area. We also passed meaningful policies that fight the drug epidemic while also supporting our law enforcement.

However, there’s still work to do. Our veterans and senior citizens are being taken advantage of, and I want to change that. I’m the only candidate for the House of Delegates who has pledged to eliminate the tax on social security—a step that would put millions of dollars back in the pockets of folks here in Mason County.

I’m Pro-Life, Pro-Second Amendment, and will continue to fight for Leon & New Haven down at the Capitol in Charleston.

I’m running to improve the Mountain State. That’s why I’m asking you to vote for Joshua Kurt Higginbotham to the House of Delegates this November.

Christopher “Todd” Mullins

Tell us about yourself

I was born and raised in Mason County. I’m 49 years old and graduated from Point Pleasant High School. I’ve been employed by the Mason County Board of Education for the last 23 years. I live in Leon with my wife, Sherry. We both help with our county 4-H club that our children and now grandchildren are a part of. We both work in the education field. I work in the maintenance department and she is a preschool teacher. We have five children and five grandchildren.

Why I decided to run for this office

With 23 years of experience within the school system, I understand the struggles of our teachers, aides, bus drivers, cooks, secretaries, nurses, and custodians. Let me help us get what we all deserve…better pay, better insurance, and a better education for our children. I would like to keep our West Virginia children here working in our great state.

I would also like to do away with right-to-work. Right-to-work is wrong for West Virginia. The prevailing wage also needs reinstated. The severance tax on the gas companies need raised to help our state and public employees. We also need to do away with the inventory tax that only helps big companies not our state. I will work hard for all West Virginians not just a single group or party.

I’m Christian, pro life, support the 2nd Amendment. I only want the best for all of West Virginia. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I’m asking for your vote to help make a change.

Brewer
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Cadle
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Higginbotham
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Mullins
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