Meet the candidates: State Senate, 4th District


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Vying for the seat in the 4th Senatorial Distrist are Amy Nichole Grady (No Affiliation - Leon), Brian Prim (D-Fraziers Bottom) and Eric J. Tarr (R- Scott Depot).


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 — Voters in Mason County will be deciding between three candidates for one seat in the State Senate in the Fourth Senatorial District.

Vying for that seat are Amy Nichole Grady (No Affiliation – Leon), Brian Prim (D-Fraziers Bottom) and Eric J. Tarr (R- Scott Depot).

Candidates who responded to the Register’s request for responses are listed below in alphabetical order.

Amy Nichole Grady

Tell us about yourself

I am a life-long Mason County resident. I grew up in Point Pleasant and graduated from PPHS in 1998. I then attended Marietta College and West Virginia University and have been employed with Mason County Schools since 2007. My husband, Jack, and I reside in Leon with our three children: Rhett, 11, Eastyn, 6, and Chesney, 2. Besides living in Leon, I also work at Leon Elementary where I teach third and fourth grade math, science, and social studies.

Why I decided to run for this office

I am a teacher at Leon Elementary in Mason County and I believe it is time to make public education a priority. I am the only candidate who has an inside perspective on what is needed for our students, teachers, and service personnel. I am also a PEIA policyholder, so the decisions made for our healthcare personally affect my family.

I am Pro-life and believe that God intends for every life to have a fighting chance. I also strongly support our second amendment as written in the Constitution.

Some additional issues I would like to address in West Virginia as a legislator are: Eliminating the social security tax, repealing Right to Work, finding a solution to our opioid crisis, repairing our roads, protecting veterans’ benefits, and finding more funding for first responders.

A common concern with the people in our area is that they have a representative that they know will listen, address their concerns, and do what they say they are going to do. I want to bring that trust to the people of our district. It’s time for a change and I am that change we need. The right MAN for the job is THIS WOMAN.

Eric J. Tarr

Tell us about yourself

I’m Dr. Eric J. Tarr, the West Virginians for Life endorsed, NRA AQ-rated, job creating candidate for your State Senate. I have three children and have been married for 28 years. I’m running to offer my experience in job creation, economic development, service, and leadership to lift West Virginia. Starting from scratch, I’ve developed more than 25 businesses and more than 150 jobs here at home. Being the only candidate in this race with experience in what it takes, I’ll work hard for West Virginia becoming a place of opportunity again for the sons and daughters of the Mountain State.

Why I decided to run for this office

My whole entrepreneurial and service career has been generating ideas then transforming those concepts into reality. I know the challenges we face. I want to bring my work ethic, experience, relationships, and knowledge of job creation to the West Virginia State Senate to make West Virginia a state of opportunity for generations to come.

Working my way out of poverty has blessed me with experiences that have made some things crystal clear. I think a smaller government uses less of our hard earned money and is less restrictive on liberty. I believe honest hard work and entrepreneurism should be rewarded and not penalized by redistribution of your earnings to those who are unwilling to put in the same effort.

Raised in a strong Christian and patriotic home, I believe life begins at conception, in respecting our elders, and caring for those who cannot help themselves. I believe the right to bear arms is as fundamental as the freedom of religion. I believe our Flag and Anthem are born of American blood and deserve respect. Flag burning and refusing to stand for the Anthem are direct insults to those generations of individuals and families that sacrificed everything for our freedoms.

(Additional editor’s note: Multiple attempts were made to retrieve information from the Brian Prim campaign for this article but no response was received as of press time.)

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Vying for the seat in the 4th Senatorial Distrist are Amy Nichole Grady (No Affiliation – Leon), Brian Prim (D-Fraziers Bottom) and Eric J. Tarr (R- Scott Depot).
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/11/web1_Election-4.jpgVying for the seat in the 4th Senatorial Distrist are Amy Nichole Grady (No Affiliation – Leon), Brian Prim (D-Fraziers Bottom) and Eric J. Tarr (R- Scott Depot).

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