Candidates vying for election submit questionnaire


The Weston Democrat has reached out to candidates running for office, locally and at the state level in the 2018 General Election. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., but early voting has already begun and runs Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Saturday is the last day to early vote.
Candidates were asked to limit their word count per answer to 200, due to space limitations in the paper. If “...” follows an answer, the candidate went over their word limit on that response.

1. What is your biography and background?

Agnes Queen
County Commission


In 1997 I married Michael Queen of Weston. We have a son Brandon, who is 14 years old and attends Lewis County High School.
I have a stepdaughter Ashley, who is 29 years old and has two small children, Caleb and Easton all of Weston. I’m the daughter of Louise Quinn of Weston and the late Joe Quinn of Alum Fork and the daughter-in-law of Clinton “Dub” Queen and Karen Queen also of Weston. We have one Fur baby a cute little Chihuahua named Trouble.
I’m a graduate of Lewis County High School class of 1991. I attended Glenville State College, where I majored in Business/Marketing and Biology.  Later, I attended The Radio Broadcaster School of Marketing and received my Certified Marketing Consultants Certification.
I completed classes through WVU in the Local Government Leadership Academy receiving the Highest Merit. Currently, I’m taking classes through WVU in The Community Leadership Academy.
Currently, I am serving as a full-time commissioner in the office of Lewis County Commission. I’ve served in this office for two terms. I have a background in Marketing and Public Relations with 10 combined years of marketing experience as a Senior Account Executive at West Virginia Radio Corporation...

Steve Shriver, II
County Commission

I am a graduate of Lewis County High School Class of 1997, and attended Fairmont State College. While attending FSC, I worked for WDTV, from 1997-2001, leaving as the weekend director. In 2001-2010, I worked for Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV advancing and eventually resigning to take over Shriver Trucking Company, due to my father passing away due to an unfortunate motorcycle accident. Since 2010, I have successfully overseen the growth of a local business here in Lewis County. During this time, I’ve seen a lot of small businesses disappear or move to other counties.

Patrick Martin
W.Va. House of Delegates


Patrick S. Martin is seeking re-election for the West Virginia House of Delegates for the 46th District.  Mr. Martin has been a member of the House for the past two years.  
In addition, he owns and manages both commercial and residential rental properties. Patrick is a member of the Way of Holiness Church and has been in business since he was fifteen years old when he began a vending business.  
He grew that business from one machine to over 150 locations in only a few years and eventually sold it to advance further into the rental business.  Delegate Martin is a member of the NRA, NAGR, WV Farm Bureau, Landlord Association, Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, and SUBA. His parents are C.J. Martin and Roberta Lynch and he has an older brother and a younger sister.

Bob Stultz
W.Va. House of Delegates


I am Robert L. “Bob” Stultz, candidate for House of Delegates 46th District in Upshur and Lewis Counties. My wife, Robin, and I live on Court Street in Weston. I have a daughter and son-in-law, Amelia and Nick Wagner, and two grandchildren, Jeb and Morgan.
I grew up on a farm and my mom was a school cook. I was a member of FFA and received the State Farmer Degree and was a member of a Land Judging Team that won the State contest. As a member of 4-H, I received my Charting Pin, attended National 4-H Congress and I am a 4-H All-Star. I am a product of the public education of West Virginia, which allowed me to graduate from the West Virginia University College of Law. After law school I was a Writ Clerk at the Supreme Court and Director of the Legal Division at the Workers’ Compensation Fund. I served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Lewis County and have been in private practice representing injured workers since 1985.
I also served two terms on the Lewis County Board of Education. I have led many groups over the years, including Chairperson of the state Bar Workers Compensation Committee since 2008...

Mike Romano
W.Va. State Senate


I was born in Clarksburg, the son of Melvin and Lucie Romano. My Mom was a public school teacher for more than 30 years, and I grew up working in my Dad’s grocery store. Although my Dad passed away at an early age, he taught me the value of hard work, respect for all people, and the good of public service. My Mom taught my three brothers and me that a good education was the foundation of a satisfying life—Brother Paul became a professor and hospital administrator, Dave an attorney, and John a small business owner who also helped improve Lewis County’s baseball league.
I attended public schools and graduated from WVU with an accounting degree and then from the WVU College of Law. I am a Certified Public Accountant and now have my own law firm that represents small businesses and individuals in West Virginia. My work experience includes practicing as a CPA with a national accounting firm and working for U.S. Securities & Commission in its Division of Enforcement protecting our securities markets.
My wife, Amy, and I have been married for nearly two decades. She is the biggest part of me being able to give back to my community...

Talley Sargent
U.S. Congress


I’m a native, sixth generation West Virginian. The daughter of a West Virginia public school teacher, I’m the third of six children.
After paying my way through college, I built a career focused on service: as an aide to Senator Jay Rockefeller, as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State, and at The Coca-Cola Company. I live in Charleston and love to explore West Virginia’s outdoors with my long-time boyfriend Pat and our dog Chunk.

Alex Mooney
U.S. Congress


My wife Grace and I live in Charles Town in Jefferson County with our three children. Our youngest child was born in Charleston in 2014. I am the son of a Cuban refugee and Vietnam veteran. I grew up with a deep sense of appreciation for the American ideals of individual freedom and personal responsibility.
My mother, Lala, was born and raised in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, where she and several other members of her family were thrown into jail for seven weeks because they opposed Fidel Castro’s communist regime. When she was 20 years old, my mother escaped Cuba and fled to the United States with barely a penny to her name.
My father, Vincent, was deployed to Vietnam when my mother was pregnant with my older brother. My dad served as an Engineering Captain in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star. Both of my parent instilled in me a passion for the political process and American values.

2. What work or other experiences qualify you to hold the office you’re seeking?

Agnes Queen
County Commission


As a County Commissioner there are many rules, laws and regulations you must follow to keep the County in good standing on the local, State and Federal levels. You need to know the rules and regulations when it comes to budgets.  We need to know what you can or can’t do with taxpayers’ money.
The ethics of what commissioners and other elected is allowed to do or not do without breaking the laws. Knowing the State Code and many rules and laws that we must follow.  I have attended the all of the meetings and training. I have the knowledge to keep county government where it needs to be on the local, State and Federal levels.
I feel I have the people and communication skills needed to be your County Commissioner.  If you truly want to work for the betterment of Lewis County you must also be able to meet with large groups of people and attend events on the local, State and National levels, where you are willing to get up and speak in front hundreds of people. On the local level you need to be able to talk with the local citizens and help with their needs and concerns...

Steve Shriver, II
County Commission

I have been highly successful, since leaving Fairmont State College in 2001. I have nine years of experience with one of the top automotive manufacturers, five years of that time was spent in management. My first project within that company was working on a $100 million expansion with duties of managing budgets and people. Since leaving that position, due to my father passing away, I have ran Shriver Trucking Company since 2010, providing local jobs here in Lewis County.

Patrick Martin
W.Va. House of Delegates


Serving as the Delegate for the 46th District for the past two years has given me insight of what our state is in need of and how we, as elected officials, learn to work together in accomplishing those needs.  As a businessman and member of the House, I have learned how to balance budgets, build capital, create jobs, and work with others to find compromise and success.

Bob Stultz
W.Va. House of Delegates


My education, experience, community service and leadership abilities qualifies me to represent the working men and women of West Virginia. I have testified before the legislature, argued cases before the Supreme Court, was a charter member of Kids’ Chance of America and served as the first Chairperson of the Council of State Organizations of Kids’ Chance of West Virginia. I have been active in the community and know the needs of the citizens of Lewis and Upshur Counties. I know how to get the job done.

Mike Romano
W.Va. State Senate


I have been your West Virginia State Senator for the past four years. During that time, Lewis County has been a major part of my focus working with your County Commissioners and municipal governments. Working with the five counties in my District has made me very aware of the challenges we face in our communities.
Being a former County Commissioner has given me insight into the needs of our county and municipal governments. Understanding their obligations has enabled me to craft laws that benefit these governments and correct bad laws that damage our citizens. My experience as an attorney and CPA also benefits my public service as your Senator. Being an attorney has exposed me to a broad scope of issues that enable me to quickly understand true purpose of proposed legislation and its long-term effects on our State. Having worked as a CPA helps me understand complex financial issues instead of relying on lobbyists for their slanted explanations and helps me stop waste of our tax dollars. Most importantly, my career in public service has taught me that giving back to my community is the best way to serve others.
Being a husband and a father has taught me the...

Talley Sargent
U.S. Congress


I am proud of my government service working for Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate and as a diplomat at the State Department, as well as my business experience at The Coca-Cola Company.

Alex Mooney
U.S. Congress


I was elected to serve the 17 counties which comprise West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, including Lewis County in November of 2014. I work hard to represent equally every resident of my district which stretches across the entire state from Kanawha County to Jackson County on the Ohio River to Jefferson County. I have worked every day since being elected to protect West Virginia values, ensuring that our state continues to be a great place to raise your family, just as my wife and I are raising our family here.
As your Congressman, you can count on me to continue to fight for our shared conservative West Virginia values. As I finish my fourth year as your representative, I am proud of all that has been accomplished, especially the booming economy. However, there is still much more work to be done, which is why I am asking for your vote once again to represent you in Congress.

3. What will be your top priority if elected?

Agnes Queen
County Commission


I feel that infrastructure and diversified industry are our greatest challenges at this time.
My goal continues to be to continue to work to help Lewis County grow and move forward. Currently I’m focused on helping build a long-term plan for the future of Lewis County to work toward diversified industry and expanded infrastructure such as water, sewage, high speed internet and cell phone coverage. Infrastructure is a must to grow our county. We currently have several water projects underway in the county and are working to gain funding for future water projects in our county.
We continue to work on the broadband issues with the Regional Council and surrounding communities to help gain funding and resources needed. While working with providers to bring countywide cell phone and broadband services to Lewis County isn’t easy, due to the lay of our land, we continue to explore all our options.

Steve Shriver, II
County Commission

Helping create a job friendly environment in Lewis County. We need to build a community where our talented young people want to stay and help build the future of Lewis County.

Patrick Martin
W.Va. House of Delegates


If elected, most importantly, I will maintain my Christian values and always do the right thing for our state and its citizens.  So many West Virginians have left our state in search of jobs and better opportunities.  I want them to be able to stay here and be successful in their search for jobs and careers.

Bob Stultz
W.Va. House of Delegates


Bob Stultz will work to:
STRENGTHEN EDUCATION: teachers, schools revise personnel and all public employees deserve fair wages and good health insurance.
EXPAND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: students who are not college-bound need affordable vocational and technical duration.
PROTECT HEALTH CARE: fight to make sure people with pre-existing conditions are not denied health insurance.
DEFEND PROPERTY RIGHTS: protect families from being forced to sell their natural gas rights against their will.
HELP SENIORS: end the taxation of Social Security benefits and restore funding for in-home care.

Mike Romano
W.Va. State Senate


My top priority has always been to be part of creating a government that puts working people first and that means putting money in the hands of working people. Working people spend their money in our local economies spending at grocery stores and restaurants, improving their homes, perhaps buying a new car or a refrigerator or simply paying for their children’s education. Their increased ability to spend will create more demand for goods and services here at home, and when there is increased demand, more jobs will be created to meet that demand. That means more West Virginians will go to work and wages will increase.
The wealthy corporations will not create jobs simply because they have more money in their pockets. The wealthy will create a job only because they can make a profit from that job. Of course, that’s capitalism, and there is nothing wrong with making a profit, but a good economic policy mandates that we provide working people with more money—not to the rich and wait for it to trickle down to the rest of us. Making sure working people do well first allows parents to care for their families and to give their children a...

Talley Sargent
U.S. Congress


To break through the partisan divide and work across the aisle to protect and strengthen health care and to defeat this drug epidemic that is plaguing our state and nation.

Alex Mooney
U.S. Congress


I have many priorities, and one of them is bringing good paying jobs to West Virginia. Jobs will help West Virginians struggling from the opioid epidemic to get themselves on their feet and become productive members of society. Good jobs also help younger people stay and work in the state they love. To help with jobs, we need to support vocational and career training. There are plenty of vocational jobs available without people to fill them.
My bill H.R. 3083, the Technical Education And Career Help (TEACH) Act does just that. It authorizes grants under the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program to be used for secondary school career and technical education teacher preparation programs, so that people have an easier time gaining the necessary skills to enter our workforce.

What makes you more qualified or better suited for office than your opponent?

Agnes Queen
County Commission


I feel I have already made a difference in Lewis County. Since being elected County Commissioner, I have made it my full-time job.
Statewide County Commissioners are, by state code, considered part-time and many have other jobs.
I focus on the County and my family. I’m energetic, outgoing and dedicated to Lewis County and the State of West Virginia. I feel that with my experience in Marketing and Public Relations I can continue to help promote Lewis County in a positive light. We must have a positive image of the county in order to grow our country in a positive way.
I’m willing to work hard for the betterment of all of Lewis County and continue to be a commissioner that is available to the people of Lewis County.

Steve Shriver, II
County Commission

My business experience. I’ve ran a small business for eight years, and have employed 14 employees, so I want to bring that mindset to the job of County Commissioner. Lewis County needs a new set of eyes on the issues that will effect our community going forward.

Patrick Martin
W.Va. House of Delegates


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Bob Stultz
W.Va. House of Delegates


My education, experience, community service and leadership abilities make me qualify for the House of Delegates. I am involved in the community and have been for many years. I will put West Virginians FIRST!

Mike Romano
W.Va. State Senate


It’s up to the voters to decide who the most qualified to serve them as their Senator. Relying on their collective good judgement to make that decision is the very basis of our Democracy. I have great confidence in their wisdom to make the right choice. Hopefully, my record speaks for itself.  Every voter doesn’t have to agree with me on every issue. They only need agree that I trying to do the right thing. If they do, I will keep working to do the best I can for all citizens of the Great State of West Virginia.

Talley Sargent
U.S. Congress


My professional and personal experience exceed my opponent by a country mile. I learned from Jay Rockefeller the importance of constituent services – be it a veteran needing help with a claim, a senior needing help with social security or a young person needing help with federal financial aid forms for college. I’ve heard all over Lewis County and the 2nd District, no one ever hears back from Mooney – they’re lucky to even get a form letter. Well, we deserve better than that – and I look to serve you in Congress.
Beyond a resume, my real-life experience – staring down the same obstacles; seeking the same opportunities as my fellow West Virginians is what makes me more qualified than my opponent. Just like you, I understand how hard it is to find a job in West Virginia; I understand how expensive health care can be; and I understand what you’re going through when it comes to the drug epidemic.
My opponent doesn’t. He is never here. He voted to take away health care over 50 times and takes money from the drug companies. He’s for them, I’m for you.

Alex Mooney
U.S. Congress


My opponent, Talley Sergent, was a top aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department and ran her campaign in West Virginia. Talley shares the same the liberal values Hillary espoused in 2016. Talley Sergent believes coal is irrelevant, wants to roll-back the Second Amendment and supports abortion on demand. My opponent resorts to personal attacks on me to deflect from the fact that her liberal views do not represent West Virginia. In fact Talley said on September 7, 2016 to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, “I’ve seen my state turn into something I don’t recognize anymore.” Because most people were voting for Donald Trump as I did.
Our state sent a clear message to Washington in 2016 that West Virginians support Donald Trump’s conservative agenda. Unlike my opponent, we West Virginians are pro-life, support the Second Amendment, support coal and support tax cuts to get our economy going again.
I am the only candidate in this race committed to supporting President Trump and defending West Virginia conservative values. My voting record over the past four years in this position proves it. As the Congressman representing the 17 counties (including Kanawha) in the 2nd District for the past four years...


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