From Ballot Access News:
Brenda Hutchinson has qualified for the ballot as an independent candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates in district 58. See this story in the Cumberland Times-News, which is a Maryland newspaper that covers the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. She was a Morgan County Commissioner 2006-2012. She changed her registration from “Democrat” to “independent” earlier this year. She is the only opponent to the Republican incumbent.
No one, other than Democratic and Republican nominees, has been elected to the West Virginia legislature since 1906, when the Prohibition Party elected a member of the lower house of the legislature.
From the article cited:
“This race will provide a clear choice for the people of Morgan and Hampshire counties,” Hutchinson said. “I favor a moratorium on mountaintop removal mining. Daryl is opposed. I favor a moratorium on fracking. Daryl is opposed.
“Last year, I visited Wetzel County and witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on the land, the water and people,” Hutchinson said. “And just this weekend, I visited Kayford Mountain and Cabin Creek and saw with my own eyes some of the approximately 500 mountains that have been destroyed by mountaintop removal mining. That’s the practice used by coal corporations to strip the tops off of mountains to get to a thin seam of coal. This practice destroys our mountains, poisons our water and fish, displaces deer, bear and other wildlife, and sickens local residents.”
Hutchinson said she would push to create jobs by investing in infrastructure and put more money in people’s pockets by ensuring that corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
“I favor putting West Virginians to work rebuilding our infrastructure — schools, roads, bridges and parks,” Hutchinson said.
“And I favor a fair minimum wage for West Virginia workers. Earlier this year, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 89-5 to raise the minimum wage by a meager $1.50 from the current $7.25 to $8.75 an hour. The minimum wage law went into effect last month. Now, hard working West Virginians will get a raise. But Daryl was one of the five members of the House of Delegates who voted against it.”