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Our Candidates

2022 Primary

Candidate Information can be found at the Secretary of State’s Website. Once there click “county”, then choose Kanawha for the City of Charleston & County Clerk. Other Resources: Kanawha County Election Center and the Charleston Election Updates Candidate Listing.


Candidate Questionnaire for Senate and House of Delegates Candidates

The questionnaire was provided to candidates for the Senate and House of Delegates in Kanawha County. This is an avenue for the public to see each candidate’s stance on various State Republican Platform issues. 

It was developed from issues identified in the platform.

If a candidate has completed the questionnaire, you will see a button where you can view it along with the candidate’s score. 

US House of Representatives District 1

James Houser

Hello, my name is James Houser, I grew up in Washington State where I lived with my mother and younger brother. My mother who had divorced my father when I was young had raised myself and my younger brother. The values that I learned growing up as taught me to work hard and follow the dreams and goals you set out to achieve and it is the same values that I have used to instruct my sons as they were growing up. I graduated High school in 1992 where upon graduation, I joined the US Army as a Combat Engineer. My career has allowed for me to serve on Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, and the IRR for 25yrs. Mr. Houser has served our country overseas in Iraq with two tours of duty as well as Afghanistan as Government Contractor. James Houser has received awards for his gallant efforts in serving this Nation. I continue to serve this Nation as a Project Manager for a Government Contractor that manages a Program for the Army National Guard.

James Houser is a single parent of two sons who are 19 and 17yrs old. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Counterintelligence from American Military University is Charles Town, West Virginia. James Houser is currently working on his MBA in Project Management from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.

He has traveled and lived in wonderful places in the United and States and found a home here is West Virginia where he wants to live and serve as the Republican Congressional Representative in District 1. James Houser carries a strong ethical and moral background that he believes can carry them to DC.. James Houser is a man who is willing to make sacrifices for his country and do what he does what he says he will do. Mr. Houser will provide the people in West Virginia and the values that has made this a great state back and bring these values to Congress. James Houser has the leadership qualities that have earned him a distinguished career in the Military and as a Project Manager and can bring that ability to Congress to show them that they need to care about the people they represent.

James Houser
PO Box 82 
Mount Nebo, West Virginia 26679
Cell: 719-623-9120

Carol Miller

Congresswoman Carol Miller represents West Virginia’s Third Congressional District. Miller serves on the Committee on Ways and Means.

Miller’s focus in Congress is creating jobs, diversifying the economy, innovating and improving infrastructure, protecting America’s borders, and supporting West Virginia’s energy industries like coal, oil, and gas.

Prior to her election to Congress in 2018, Congresswoman Miller served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2006 to 2017 where she rose to become the first female Majority Whip. In addition to her public service, Carol is active in her community and is a former member of the Women’s Heart Advisory Board, St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute, Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars, West Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Lily’s Place, as well as many other organizations.

A mother of two and grandmother of six, Carol Miller is married to her husband Matt, and lives in Huntington, where she owns and operates Swann Ridge Bison Farm and manages real estate. Miller was born in Columbus, Ohio and is the daughter of Congressman Samuel L. Devine and Betty Devine.

Zane Lawthorn

Monroe County native Dr Zane Lawhorn is a Republican candidate for Congress in West Virginia’s southern district.  Zane was born and raised in Monroe County, West Virginia.  He has been married to Donna Ballard Lawhorn for 33 years.  Zane and Donna have raised two children here in West Virginia.  A son Mitchell who is Zane’s campaign manager and strategic advisor.  And a daughter Megan who owns and operates a business here in West Virginia.  Zane has resided in Princeton, West Virginia since 1989.  

Zane graduated from Union High School in 1976.  He then graduated from West Virginia University in 1980 and the Southern College of Optometry in 1985.  While in Optometry school, Zane was involved in the student government for all four years serving first as class officers and then as President of the Student Government Association.  He was on several committees and held several leadership positions while at the school.  Zane was inducted into the Gold Key International Honor Society for leadership.  Since graduating, Zane has been Vice-Chairman of the Building Commission for the City of Princeton serving his community for several years. In 2008 he served the state of West Virginia as a Republican Elector in the presidential electoral college casting the state’s vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin.  Zane owns and operates two Optometric practices in Princeton and Beckley where he employs two doctors and sixteen employees.  Zane was recently voted Best Optometrist by the readers of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph for 2021.  

 Zane believes the best of America is yet to come.  Unfortunately, our country is headed in the wrong direction and needs a change in leadership in Washington. The Biden Democrats are corrupt and must be stopped from implementing their liberal agenda.  Zane believes Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Clinton and AOC are all a detriment to our country and must be held accountable.  He believes our top priority must be putting Trump back in the White House.  Zane will be a strong voice for the people of southern West Virginia in Washington.  Zane believes that all people need representation and we need to work together to help our country.

Our country has a lot of problems that need immediate attention.  Inflation is out of control, the highest in forty years.  Gas prices, food prices, heating bills are all going through the roof.  And there is no end in sight.  Our country can’t continue to spend money we don’t have and keep printing money adding to the national debt.  We are facing bankruptcy and ruin without quick intervention.  Our border must be secure, criminals punished and medical freedom restored.  So far, Congress has done nothing to solve these concerns.  Zane looks forward to tackling these problems.  

When you get sick you go to a doctor.  America is sick.  And it is time to elect Dr. Zane Lawhorn to Congress.  Zane has a vision of HOPE for America with real solutions.  Zane asks for your prayers, your support and your vote on May 10th.

Dr. Zane Lawhorn
zanel2020@hotmail.com
310 Locust Street, Ste 7
Princeton, WV 24740

Scott Fuller

Scott Fuller
235 White Oak Estates
Kenova, WV 25530
scott@electscottfuller.com

As a West Virginian I understand how important the upcoming years are to our state. The leaders we send to Washington DC must reflect the values of our great state and have the courage and commitment to unwaveringly stand for them. I believe my life and experience has shown a commitment to those values.

SERVICE TO COUNTRY

I began my service as a young man joining the military and serving 34 years. I joined the Navy where I served 6 years, then the WV Army National Guard for another 28 years. I served three tours overseas from Lebanon to Iraq, retiring from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

The military gave me many opportunities to add to my education which I began at Marshall University on a baseball scholarship. To my Regents Bachelor degree and Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Charleston University, I was privileged to add Naval Post Graduate School and complete 16 hours in Identity Management, as well as many other leadership schools.

SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

During my time in the Guard I also served 20 years with the Huntington Police Department, most of that time as a SVU Detective, specializing in Domestic, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse cases. I have seen first hand the need for strong commitment and leadership to the people in our communities and what can be achieved when that strong commitment is effectively employed.

SERVICE TO FAMILY AND GOD

My wife Kelly and I are blessed with a wonderful, blended family of 5 children and 7 grandchildren (so far) and believe our commitment to God and our Faith has been the grounding and guiding force in our, and our children’s lives.

We believe West Virginians hold dear the same values as our Founding Fathers and want to see those values preserved for our children and grandchildren.

I strongly believe I am the candidate who can best protect and serve our state in Washington DC, as I have protected and served our Country, our communities, my Family and my God.

I am ready to faithfully represent and serve West Virginians in the U. S. Congress and I humbly ask for your support and vote.

Kent Stevens

WV Senate District 17

Tom Takubo

Terry "TJ" Burns

View Questionnaire Score: 63

WV Senate District 8

Andrea Kiessling

Website: www.andreaforwv.com

Email: andrea@andreakiessling.com

Phone: 304-314-4184

Born and raised in Roane County, WV, I have always been an active member of my community and advocate for my state. Growing up, I was involved in my church, 4-H, FFA, sports and student government. I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA, then Liberty University with an MBA before beginning my professional career which has always focused on business and entrepreneurship. 

As a mother and professional, I understand the importance of solid values, freedom and strong communities as a place to raise children and thrive professionally, which is what I believe West Virginia represents. It is my intention to help bring out the best of West Virginia, strengthening what makes our state an excellent choice for families and young professionals- to continue working toward people-retention, protecting conservative values and resourcing our communities to provide the opportunities needed for families and professionals to prosper.

I am a mother of 3 children: Jack (6), Marlo (4), Whit (infant). I am passionate about my faith, family, business, the mountains, health, critical thinking and learning. 

Throughout my career and working with various types of people, I began to see a common thread: a fear of failure and inability to problem solve, which results in keeping us stuck below our potential. I began to consider an environment, beginning at a young age, where I could help instill the importance of problem-solving skills, creative and critical thinking, personal responsibility, and the idea of viewing failure as a learning opportunity vs something to be afraid of. Christian values, hands-on learning and time outdoors was also important to me, so I began to pursue an opportunity and location to combine these principals. In 2021, I joined forces with a long-time friend, Pastor Justin Simmons and his church, Faith Baptist to launch Faith Christian Academy. Though we are a new school, I am proud to offer a unique model, where traditional academics and “enrichment” (described above) are the two components that make up our school. Our students are thriving and our school is growing!

 I have always been exceptionally curious about people, purpose and potential. My work as a professional business coach- working with small-medium businesses, entrepreneurs and multi-unit franchisees- combines all three: helping people find and accomplish their purpose to their full potential. Watching my clients reach their full potential individually and as a team is incredibly rewarding, and what inspires me to keep reaching mine, too!

 

View Questionnaire Score: 100

Mark Hunt

Joshua Higginbotham

WV Senate District 7

Mike Stuart

I’ve already been endorsed by President Trump—
as his personal pick for United States Attorney
with the support of Senators Manchin & Capito.

February 17, 2022

I was blessed to have the honor of serving as the Presidentially-nominated and United States Senate-confirmed United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia for nearly four years. It was a tremendous honor to serve as the highest-ranking federal law enforcement officer in southern West Virginia but it was an even greater honor to serve the people of West Virginia. I want to continue to serve albeit in a different capacity.

I just announced my run for the West Virginia State Senate, 7th District. I am writing because I want your support. We need people like me in elective office. Campaigns are expensive and, whether we like it or not, money is often the deciding factor in winning or losing. I need your maximum support- in the primary and in the general election. The fact is that after the primary, you cannot get another ‘bite at the apple.’ If you care about critical issues important to the future of West Virginia, I need your maximum support now.

If I make it through the primary this year, my opponent will be a 16-year, career politician that has been reelected over and over and over and over again. One thing is certain –the liberal special interests will open their deep pockets to help re-elect him. The bad news for my opponent? They’ve never fought someone like me.

The simple fact of the matter is that Republicans have a veto-proof massive majority in the State Senate and the House of Delegates. After the 2022 General Election, those Republican majorities are almost certain to grow. The 16-year career politician will have no voice and no impact on anything that happens in the Senate. He certainly won’t be able to influence the decision makers in the State Senate. Alternatively, there is no question that if I am elected, I will play a major role in crafting and passing the legislation that will impact the State of West Virginia and its people for many years to come. Facts are stubborn things. This is just a fact.
All of this begs one simple question- do you want to support someone who has a strong voice at the table when big impactful decisions are being made or, alternatively, is that not important to you and your stakeholders? The answer is not one of ideology or philosophy or preference. The answer is common sense.

I’ve already been endorsed by President Trump- as his personal pick for United States Attorney, the highest-ranking federal law enforcement official in the judicial district. I am proud that I was personally chosen as the United States Attorney by President Trump, confirmed by the United States Senate including with the support of Senator Manchin and Senator Capito, and served as a member of the Trump Administration.

I was a strong and effective United States Attorney. I broke records. I rebuilt the operations. I aggressively attacked corruption including the historic prosecution of two of the five members of the West Virginia Supreme Court; the largest drug bust in the history of West Virginia; the largest elder fraud takedown in WV history; the largest methamphetamine takedown in West Virginia or Ohio history; and a focus on domestic violence and elder fraud. I reasserted a focus on the rule of law. And I always, always, always “Backed the Blue.” I even proposed the “Back the Blue” license plate and, after it was approved by the Legislature, I was honored by law enforcement with Back the Blue license plate number “0001.”

I may have left the role of being the United States Attorney, but it will never leave me. To this day, I carry in my pocket a wallet filled with the beautiful faces of the victims of the opiate scourge. It is those pictures that haunt me in the silence of the night. It is those pictures that motivate me each day to continue the fight.

I’m not wealthy and wasn’t born with a famous last name. My story could easily be titled, “From a Holler in Barbour County.” I learned everything I needed to know in that holler- faith, the importance of family, character, the value of hard work and public service, “a penny saved is a penny earned”, and a love of America and West Virginia. I grew up with the three “R’s”- reading, writing and a roadmap to Akron. As I grew older, Akron was replaced with Charlotte but the story was the same.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s house. They lived in a little white house with a tin roof in that holler in Barbour County. From the front porch, I could look across at the old coal tipple on top of the ridge and, at the base of the hill, was a creek that ran rusty orange from acid mine drainage. Grandma Opal and Grandpa Bud had well water but it was polluted from the sulfur of the creek. I still remember the gallon jugs of clean water that lined the floor for drinking and cooking but they still bathed and washed clothes in the water from the well. I never once heard Grandma Opal or Grandpa Bud complain.

The son and grandson of coal miners and the first in my family to go to college, I loved staying at Opal and Bud’s house. They didn’t have much but their home was always filled with a lot of love and a lively debate- typically about politics. I remember Grandpa Bud had an old recliner that sat next to the coal burning fireplace and on the mantle was a bust of John Kennedy. You could touch anything you wanted in that house but, if you touched the bust of John Kennedy, the hot fire poker from the coal burning fireplace was coming after you. Literally coming for you. Trust me, it happened more than once.

I spent my life with people telling me what I couldn’t do- “you can’t go to college; you can’t grow up the be the Chair of the State Republican Party; you can’t Chair a future American President’s statewide campaign; you can’t be an accountant or an attorney or, for goodness sakes, the United States Attorney; you can’t make a difference and you definitely can’t change West Virginia.” Well, I like proving people wrong. I did and am doing all those things.

I’m a guy that’s had to fight and hustle for every opportunity along my path. I’ve always been the underdog, underestimated and overlooked. Like many of you, I’ve had my share of “wins” and “losses” and I’ve sometimes struggled in the journey. I’ve done everything from shoveling horse manure at a horse farm to waiting tables. I’ve been a paper boy, a hamburger flipper, a ventilation duct installer, a construction worker, a suit salesman, a bartender, an accountant for one of the largest accounting firms in the world, a lawyer for some of the nation’s best firms, and an advisor to Senators and Governors. In the words of the FBI Agent conducting my background check to become the United States Attorney, “It is the longest employment history I’ve ever seen.” I wouldn’t change one thing. My journey built character, passion, drive and determination.

Like my performance as the United States Attorney, I will be a strong and effective State Senator. I will always respect differences of opinion, encourage free and broad debate, and be open to new ideas and new solutions. I will always work with a sense of urgency- our good people deserve nothing less. My door will always be open to you.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to give me your ideas or to just touch base. My personal cell phone number is 304.553.1084. You should feel free to call me anytime.

I’m proud to be “from a holler in Barbour County.” I desperately love the people of my District and West Virginia. I’m passionate about our ability to build a better future for the people of the 7th Senate District and all West Virginians.

View Questionnaire Score: 94

Chad McCormick

WV House of Delegates District 52

Greg Hendricks

WV House of Delegates District 53

Chris Pritt

WV House of Delegates District 54

John Luoni

129 Swarthmore Ave
Charleston, WV  25302
Email:  jaluoni24@aol.com
Phone:  304-546-0198

I am a lifelong Kanawha County resident.  I graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School on the West Side of Charleston and received a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.  In my career as a licensed registered Professional Engineer, I have worked in the chemical industry for both DuPont and Union Carbide, in the coal industry for Pritchard Mining, and I have served as County Engineer for the last 17 years for the Kanawha County Planning and Development Office.  

Here are some of my key political positions:  

I will strongly support Republican efforts to lower taxes and make West Virginia more welcoming for business and people wanting a safe place to raise a family.  I will work hard to make West Virginia a great place to live and work. 

I am strongly opposed to government mandates.  I believe these mandates are unconstitutional as well.

I support the Second Amendment.  I will oppose all Democrat efforts to blame guns for the high crime rates.  I will support legislation designed to keep dangerous, violent criminals behind bars, instead of getting a slap on the wrist from weak liberal Democrat judges.  

I will continue to support parents’ rights to choose a private school or home-schooling and assist them in paying for these costs.  This will allow parents of modest income to take advantage of these education options.

I support legislation designed to rid our communities from these unsanitary and filthy homeless encampments, and keep them miles away from our children and their schools, and away from churches and thriving neighborhoods.

I strongly support the First Amendment.  I will stand up to all the efforts by the Democrats to censor conservatives and conservative media.  I will also stand up to their efforts to punish and outlaw religious groups.  

I support Republican efforts to outlaw the Critical Race Theory.  Democrats promote the Critical Race Theory and other identity politics techniques, which in turn, have caused an un-American division of the races that accomplishes nothing and leads to strife and high crime.  

 

View Questionnaire Score: 100

Julien Aklei

Our rapid descent into totalitarianism is horrifying. So is the feeble and inept pushback from republicans.

My cherished issues are free speech, free assembly, gun rights, the reality of biological sex, transparent elections, no mandates, and fighting totalitarianism in all its guises.

This is a crisis moment in human history and we need to be bold.

I am a musician and graduated from University of Virginia.

vote.JulienAklei.com

View Questionnaire Score: 100

WV House of Delegates District 55

Moore Capito

WV House of Delegates District 56

Larry Pack

Richard Boggess

WV House of Delegates District 57

Ernest Blevins

I was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I’ve lived in Villa Rica, Georgia for about 13 years before moving to Charleston, West Virginia. We have owned our house in the Vandalia neighborhood of Charleston since April 2015 and we frequent businesses in Charleston, South Charleston, and Dunbar. We moved here by choice and are staying here by choice.

My first political campaign was in high school volunteering for Bill Workman for Congress — sadly he did not win the election. I was conservative and Republican then and remain so.

This May my wife, Lisa, and I will be married 21 years. We have six children, oldest two are girls and other four are boys, from 10 to 20.

I have undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Anthropology with minors in music and history from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art & Design along with a Certificate in Public History from the University of West Georgia., I’m pursuing a Ph.D. in History though the online program at Liberty University as much for personal accomplishment as for professional advancement.

I formally worked for the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, but now work for Weller & Associates, a cultural resource management firm, doing architectural history and archaeology. My other past career is technical theatre and stage work on and off for about 20 years. This gives me some insights from issues with state employees to the arts to preservation of our history and cultural resources.

I also enjoy photography (often of historic places and a lot with work), genealogy, reading history and fiction (well now I often listen to fiction on audio books while driving).

My positions on issues appear on my website.

Campaign Phone 304-964-1069

campaign webpage http://electblevins.com

campaign email ernest@electblevins.com

Facebook @electernestblevins

View Questionnaire Score: 100

WV House of Delegates District 58

Samuel "Cole" Parsons

View Questionnaire Score: 100

Walter Hall

Dear Family and Friends,

My commitment to helping others and serving my community was instilled in me by my late parents, Barbara and Kyle, at an early age. This passion for serving others through my love of community has led me to a decision to file my candidacy for the West Virginia House of Delegates, District 58. The Primary Election will be held on May 10, followed by the General Election on November 8.

My leadership as Saint Albans Vice-Mayor, Saint Albans Councilman-At-Large, Saint Albans MUC Board Member and Commissioner, Saint Albans Finance Committee, Saint Albans Rotary Past-President and Past-Assistant District Governor, Saint Albans Chamber of Commerce Member, 25177 Foundation President, as well as my chosen profession as an Insurance Agent, has provided me with the experience and skills to be an effective Delegate in the newly-formed District 58.

To be successful in this endeavor, I am putting my energy into running a strong campaign. With banners, flyers, yard signs, radio spots, and a website I cannot do it alone. I am humbly asking for your support. Please get involved in my campaign and help me make a difference in the communities of West Dunbar, Institute, East Nitro and Saint Albans. Building stronger communities is my goal!

Thank you deeply for your support. Sue and I are grateful for your encouragement, and blessed by your friendship.  

Sincerely yours,

Walter Hall

www.walterhallwv.com

P.O. Box 1201
Saint Albans, WV 25177
Phone: 304-552-6547
Email: info@walterhallwv.com

WV House of Delegates District 59

Dianna Graves


As an auditor, I have experience in finding and eliminating fraud and inefficiencies.

As YOUR DELEGATE serving since 2018, I have been GETTING THINGS DONE in the House of Delegates:

Support for Our Seniors

  • Exempted most seniors from taxes on their social security
  • Created protections from financial exploitation

Support for Our Freedom

  • Protected 2nd Amendment rights
  • Stopped hospitals from preventing family visitation

Support for Education

  • Increased numbers of nurses & counselors in schools
  • Tax-free savings accounts for Vo-Tech students to buy tools & set up their trade

Support for Our Veterans

  • Cut wasteful spending & saved $7 million to build a veterans nursing home
  • Made it easier for veterans to start a business in West Virginia

Issues I’ve worked on in 2022:

Economic Development

  • Better jobs, bigger paychecks
  • Support WV small business

Infrastructure

  • Create new & improve existing water/sewer systems
  • Fully fund road maintenance

Education

  • $62 million for classroom aides to focus on reading skills
  • Improved the system to help catch learning problems earlier

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Successfully controlled spending
  • Anyone can view spending records online at checkbook.gov

For my full platform and to support my campaign, visit DiannaGraves.com >

View Questionnaire Score: 100

Andy Shamblin

Andy Shamblin is a lifelong registered Republican and Nitro Resident. He has spent seven years teaching AP US Government and Civics at Nitro High School. Andy is passionate about preserving our history and informing his students about the importance of understanding and learning from it.

He has also served the citizens of Nitro for ten years on the Nitro City Council; having been initially elected in 2012 at the age of 21.

In addition to his city council tenure, Andy served on the Nitro Development Authority and is currently a member of the Supervisory Committee which oversees Peoples Federal Credit Union.

Andy considers himself a Christian and is blessed to serve as the Minister of the Nitro Church of Christ.

As the campaign for District 59 begins, Andy looks forward to meeting voters in his district and learning what issues they are most concerned about.

Andy’s guiding philosophy has always been to apply common sense conservative values to tackle the problems we are facing.

To Contact Andy:
304-533-9766
andyshamblin@yahoo.com
On Facebook: Andy For House

To Contribute Make Checks Payable To:
Friends To Elect Andy Shamblin
103 Brookhaven Drive
Nitro WV, 25143

WV House of Delegates District 60

Dana Ferrell

WV House of Delegates District 61

Warren Dean Jeffries

Kanawha County Clerk

Vera McCormick

Jared Page