Women and Children

Finding ways forward to protect our women and children from the cycles of abuse and addiction

 

Poverty, addiction and violence against women and children has reached crisis levels in West Virginia. The cycles of violence and addiction that plague families can be directly correlated to poverty and the breakdown of community ties. We cannot afford to ignore these realities anymore.

Cindy is a former public-school teacher and later served as the executive director of the United Way of Greenbrier Valley. She has been on the frontline of the battle to protect West Virginia’s most vulnerable populations, and now she intends to take the fight to Charleston.

Abuse

Cindy will fight for victims of domestic abuse. For too long, the hidden scourge of domestic violence and sexual abuse has cycled through West Virginia families. Common-sense measures must be taken to protect families from violence and abuse.

In the 1970s, the average job paid $20 per hour. Today, two average full-time jobs will not get you to the same level. Families are suffering. Thirty percent of children under the age of 6 are living below the poverty line in West Virginia. Tens of thousands more are living right on the edge. Cindy will work to protect families from hunger, homelessness, and the social and the problems that stem from poverty.

Clean Air & Water

West Virginia’s natural beautyits mountains, rivers, and lush tree canopiesmakes this place the wild, wonderful place it is. But, our natural resources also make us a target for those who come for profit and leave a wasteland in their wake. Cindy will not stand by and watch West Virginia’s abundance whittled away by outside corporate interests. 

West Virginia’s children deserve clean air and water, and access to good, affordable health care. Cindy will fight for common-sense solutions to make sure the next generation grows up strong and healthy, with the clean air and water that all people deserve.

Women’s Health

Cindy is opposed to Amendment 1. This uncompromising amendment would add the language "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion” to the state constitution, thus enabling politicians, not doctors, to make decisions about a woman’s health. This blanket amendment allows no flexibility around cases involving rape or incest, even if the victim were an extremely young girl, as well as cases when the mother’s life is in danger. 

 
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