Erika supports the liberties of all individuals and the protection of their rights.
Asset based development is a sustainable way to promote economic growth through the resources, skills and strengths the community already possesses. West Virginia has great deal of assets that if mobilized will result in a permanent economic momentum. This includes growth of small towns in West Virginia through the emphasis of the arts. In 2018, the arts industry contributed more than $760 billion dollars to the national economy. West Virginia already has a vibrant arts and culture base. Our state also has an ideal environment for the production of cannabis. The economies in States such as Colorado have soared since cannabis production was legalized. These things combined with the strong tourism industry in West Virginia would have a monumental economic impact in our State.
West Virginia’s biggest asset is its youth. In 2018, West Virginia had a population decrease of approximately 11,216 residents. All this while the overall national population is growing. Our youth are fleeing to other states. They are taught from a young age that they need to move out of West Virginia for jobs and opportunity. We must change this mind set. West Virginia higher education institutions have a great knack for recruiting out of state students. We must take efforts to make West Virginia a friendly place for our youth. This will allow us not only to retain our population but to grow through the retention of college students. The first step in the process is to eliminate the partisan politics and pandering to special interest industries that West Virginia has become known for.
Erika's campaign will be made possible through small donations from individuals. Help be part of the change West Virginia has been waiting for!
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