Mayoral Candidates Respond to Voter Questions

By: Lauren Schmoll Email
By: Lauren Schmoll Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Voters in Huntington still have questions for the mayoral candidates.

"They've torn down 54 houses in 28 days ... What's going to happen to the rest of the houses?" Tina Clapper asked.

"We'll continue that process," current Mayor Kim Wolfe, who's a Republican, said. "Because what that does, that really eliminates a lot of the crimes and the arsons in the area. And a lot of the neighbors have just been thrilled with that. So we'll continue that program."

"We have a real opportunity with the buildings that have been knocked down, specifically, to target those areas and to sell them at a nominal price and encourage people that if they buy the property, stay in it seven to ten years, you're able to help bring population -- more residents-- into the community," Democratic candidate Steve Williams said.

Roads are another concern.

"I was just wondering when they're gonna get these potholes fixed?" Tam Tam Williams asked.

"An indication of the problem in Huntington is that we have people talking about fixing potholes," Williams said. "We need to grow our economy in such a way that we're not talking about fixing potholes, but that we're actually talking about building streets ... Building thoroughfares through town."

"When we took office, I convinced council that we can't pave just before elections," Wolfe said. "So we got on a schedule. You know, we got on a really good schedule. We've spent over three million dollars paving streets, so have your listener call me ... Tell us where her street is... And we'll try to get it on the next list this spring."

Keeping Marshall students in town after graduation is something most folks would like to see.

"I would like to know if they're going to make sure there are more jobs coming into the city?" Rhonda Staley asked.

"What brings people to Huntington is what I've always said ... The foundation of government is protect ... Keep your city clean and safe, and then the big idea we're looking at ... And we're looking at the university and private business... Is we wanna get the Internet... You know, high speed Internet," Wolfe said. "So we're gonna work on that."

"Reducing taxes, targeting development zones, and then having an active, innovative program that actually partners with Marshall University and the state ... We could become a laboratory for innovation in this area," Williams said.

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