HONESTY AND INTEGRITY!

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With all of the revelations at the national level, and all of the issues we have seen occur around West Virginia and even right here in Parkersburg and Wood County….I think it is time we demand honesty and integrity in public service…..especially with elected officials. The citizens grant those elected to do the right thing for the citizens…..to safegard the tax dollar…and to look out for the safety and well being of all citizens…not just a few. If elected, I pledge to work hard and to be honest in all of my dealings in office!

SENATOR SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO IN PARKERSBURG TODAY…A FRIEND TO WOOD COUNTY

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I am proud to call Shelley Moore Capito a friend. She and I served in the House of Delegates together. She was a very respected Legislator. When she stood to speak….everyone listened. She moved on to bigger and better things, becoming a member of the US Congress and now our United States Senator. She is a friend to Wood County and an excellent resource for help when needed.

BROADBAND ACCESS & TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

Had the opportunity to attend a presentation made by representatives of the Federal Broad Band Council in Washington. Senator Capito stressed the importance of broad band access for West Virginians. She also highlighted the downtown business the Parkersburg Brewing Company, which has become a a tourism opportunity for the craft beer industry. If you haven’t been to this business in the 700 block of Market Street…you should check it out…FIRST CLASS operation there!shelly2

READY …SET….VOTE!!!!

Well the time is here! Today, WED OCT 26….early voting begins.
I plan to vote today at the Judge Black Annex. I would respectfully ask for your vote for County Commissioner. If elected, I will work hard for the people…not the politics; I will attend all my meetings and committee assignments as I did before; I will be fair and impartial; I will serve with honesty and integrity; I will support making the Wood County Commission once again the most accessible in the state; I will fight to eradicate illegal drugs and support treatment for those who want help; I will support efforts to keep our county safe; I will support a positive atmosphere for new business development; I will be a fiscal conservative which will help keep our levy rate low; I will work towards creating new jobs…and work to keep the ones we have. It has been a great campaign. I have met many new people….some very nice candidates seeking office, and have made new friends. I am hoping to continue my public service on Jan 1 2017 as your new County Commissioner. THANK YOU
RICK MODESITT
PHONE 304-481-4035
EMAIL Commishrick@aol.com
HOME phone 304-422-4035
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The League of Womens Voters ROCK!

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Had another good day on the campaign trail. Tonight, attended the Women League of Voters candidate forum for Wood County Offices of Commissioner, County Clerk, and Sheriff. Also for candidates of Mayor of Parkersburg and City Council Candidates
Very good turn out and the LWV always do a great and fair presentation. One of the bi-products of this years campaign has been meeting new people and making new friends. Another bi-product was that the Friends of Parkersburg Parks were mentioned several times in a very positive way. After the event had the pleasure to meet up with my very first intern when I was in the House of Delegates, Dan Casto of Belleville. From those days when he was in high school, he went on the become an accountant….then CPA….then Lawyer…then Staff Counsel for Senator Capito….Now with a law firm in Virginia. Very proud of him. Overall….a great day…..now…have more signs to put up and have the last batch of shirts to go out for those who asked for one.

THE TIME IS HERE!

Please note that EARLY VOTING STARTS WED OCTOBER 26….at the Judge Black Annex 4th and Market Street beautiful downtown Parkersburg…directly across from the Historic Blennerhassett Hotel…..

I respectfully ask for your vote for County Commissioner.

THANK YOU!

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PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL

SUNDAY OCT 23:   PARKERSBURG, WV

THE NEWS AND SENTINEL DID GREAT PRE ELECTION COVERAGE ON ALL OF THE CANDIDATES SEEKING OFFICE.

OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE TO EDIT CANDIDATE RESPONSES.  I WANTED YOU TO SEE THE FULL RESPONSE I SUBMITTED BASED ON THE QUESTIONS THAT ASKED.

THANK YOU JEFF  Baughan and News and Sentinel.com

As a former Commissioner, myself and my colleagues were a part of the
recruitment team that brought  HINO Motors to Williamstown.  At the time, much energy and governmental cooperation between Williamstown, the State of West  Virginia and  Wood County Government worked very closely together to achieve that milestone for the Mid Ohio Valley.
There are many facets to the economic development.  It is ever changing and Commissioners must be working on recruitment every day.  The Commissioners, along with other local elected officials need to be good salesmen for our county and local communities.  As with Hino, we must be ready when opportunity strikes.
Many cities often see that they are in competition with other cities, when in fact, we need to collaborate on recruitment efforts.   What is good for any particular city in the County is a benefit to all of Wood County.
Part of “being ready” include having a county with a quality  and hard working workforce available.  Working with the local school systems, both traditional and technical colleges to provide employees that are in demand. 
During my time as Commissioner, we worked very hard to keep our tax rates low and stable,  making  our area attractive for business to locate.
The Commissioners can assist by utilizing TIF zone for new business attraction. They must work closely with Dept of Highways and Public Service Districts to ensure that proper infrastructure is available.  They must be supportive of the local educational institutions for proper workforce development.
As Commissioner, it is important to maintain a close and trusting relationship with
all of the local government officials;  as well as being supportive of efforts by the Wood County Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid Ohio Valley, with such things as area promotion, marketing, and site inventories.
When we think of bringing a more skilled workforce, we need to keep in mind the wants and desire mind sets of both employees and employers.  They are generally wanting to locate to an area that has a good school system; has good parks and recreation, such a biking and walking trails; and cultural activities and the like.
As a community, we must try to market ourselves  as a good place  to live.  We must be diligent on reducing crime activity, thus providing a safe place to live; and market our education systems as producing quality employees for the workforce.
We must be prepared to market ourselves daily, due to the fact, many major corporations with have scouts checking out areas long before they make contact with local government officials, thus, we must always try to have our best foot forward.
Lastly, as a County Commissioner, I would also keep in mind that small businesses in our areas are the back bone of our community.  We must ensure they have an acceptable tax rate, and available stable work force, and a safe environment to conduct business.  The County Commission should utilize the services of the local businesses whenever possible.
Rick Modesitt

PO BOX 2206
PARKERSBURG, WV 26102
PHONE 304-422-4035 * CELL 304-481-4035 * FAX 304-428-7240

WALK AGAINST HEROIN

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Well, it has been a busy week thus far. I try to keep everyone up dated on the campaign and what and where I have been. Last night, I attended the 1st Walk Against Heroin at the City Park. First, I would like to thank those who made it possible, and the very large crowd who came out to support the cause. This subject used to be tabbo ……no one wanted to step forward. Times are changing, good people are stepping up to try to do good things. As evidenced by the large turn out last night, people recognize there is a problem….and we MUST make changes. As evidenced by the events of this past week….if rumors are true, 1 murder and 2 suicides in one day…not to mention medical calls for overdoses on this same day. From 2011 to 2015 according to stats released by the state via a FOIA I filed……106 overdose DEATHS just here in Wood County (mostly Parkersburg). There is no easy fix to this problem….but i will take the cooperation of Judges, Prosecutors, LEO, Legislators, Mayors, County Commissioners, Sheriff ..etc. I was saddended that to see that only ONE elected official attended this event…our Commissioner Blair Couch. If elected Commissioner I pledge my support to rid our community of these evil drugs, and support those trying to right their lives. Again, thank you to those who organized this event and those who attended.