Economy/Jobs – A healthy economy is not something West Virginians have been able to rely on for a long time. Jobs are hard to come by, they don’t pay much when they do, and families and communities are struggling. And yet, the only idea our Representative has is the same one politicians have been trying for decades: give tax breaks to the wealthy and the money will drip, drip, drip into the community. But it doesn’t. We’ve been patient. We’ve watched our investments in our communities (our tax dollars) go to those who already have so much. But there are so many ways West Virginians can thrive today and our future is limitless. We still have abundant natural resources below and above ground, including rich soil, a temperate climate, plenty of running and rain water, and blue skies. The majority of towns in the West Virginia First District are within three hours of a major metropolitan area that has a marketplace for what we can build, grow, and generate. We need innovative, open minded, and an optimistic leadership to seek out every opportunity and fight for resources to support infrastructure, small business, and finally get broadband throughout the district so that West Virginians can be free to live where they want without worrying that their community will fade away and leave nothing for their children.