West Virginia voters weigh in with their top issues for the 2022 election
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Whether it’s walking past a gas station with eye-popping prices or shopping at a grocery store where everything costs more, it’s no surprise that when you talk to voters, the top priorities are portfolio issues.
“The economy is number one,” said one voter.
“The biggest problems? Inflation and the economy,” said voter Edward Gross.
“Well, jobs. Employment has to be about creating a vibrant workforce,” said West Virginia voter Mike Clowser.
But it’s not just the economy. This year there is a lot of concern about women’s reproductive rights after the Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion was overturned by the United States Supreme Court.
“My biggest issue is Roe v. Wade – Women’s health and the right to their own bodies. We should be able to make our own choices about our bodies,” said Maria Gray, a voter from West Virginia.
And, as always, school improvement remains a top priority.
“I believe very strongly in public education. We need to raise teacher salaries and improve that,” said voter Evan Buck.
On a broader issue, immigration control at the southern border is seen as important, given that illegal drugs like Fentanyl can enter through there and end up in our area.
“Well, we’re not following the laws that we have in this country. We just opened the border and there are laws against that, and we’re ignoring them,” said voter Edward Gross.
And this year, the interest is not only on the candidates.
“The biggest issues for me were the constitutional amendments. Changes for those,” said Lynn Fish, a voter from West Virginia.
And when it comes to environmental and energy issues, some voters are embracing clean energy issues such as solar and wind power in addition to fossil fuels.
“We are in a state that has been at the forefront of providing a lot of fuel for our whole country. And there are ways for us to do that even if we can’t continue to rely on coal,” said Susan Walker-Matthews, a voter from West Virginia.
While people raise their main issues, if they don’t vote, their voice goes unheard. Early voting continues in the tri-state area. Election day is less than a week away, Tuesday, November 8.