I support our Mountain Party because it does not take any money from big business. As a result, its interest is not in what is best for some big-money campaign donor, but what is best for the people of West Virginia.
The Mountain Party wants to increase the participation of citizens so we will have more say in the decision-making process. Members believe we should make the most of our resources to benefit the people of West Virginia and not to just profit outside interests.
We should stop mountaintop removal, which destroys our land and fills in valleys with toxic soil, poisoning our water. What is needed is a move back to traditional mining, which employs more of our people.
We must move to diversify our economy with more types of industry, manufacturing and agriculture. This is essential to become the prosperous state we should be.
Hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") should be suspended while it is studied to see if it can be safely done, as recent studies have shown there are adverse health affects for those living in nearby communities. We need regulations to protect our lands, our water and our health.
We can have a good economy, good jobs and a healthy environment that will benefit us all for generations to come. We support promotion of better education and small business.
There should be accountability for corporations and an end to corporations being considered as people.
Most of all I like the standard question all of our representatives should ask: What best serves the interests of the people of West Virginia?