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Democrat seeks seat in W.Va.'s 51st District

March 13, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Charles Downey Evert of Hampshire County, W.Va., is one of six residents to announce his candidacy for the West Virginia Legislature's 51st District position.

Evert, a Democrat, lives in the Paw Paw, W.Va. area.

The 51st District includes Morgan County and a portion of Hampshire County. The seat is held by Del. Charles Trump, R-Morgan, who announced in December that he would not seek re-election.

Evert said change is needed in the tax laws.

"Everybody needs to pay a percentage of their income, and it should be a fair share," he said.

"As far as I'm concerned, the tax code should be thrown in the Dumpster, and we should start fresh. This equality would remove the loopholes, exclusions and exemptions that the rich use in order to avoid paying their fair share," Evert said.

"There is no reason why we should be operating in the red," he said, referring to the national debt.

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Evert, 56, said if we don't do something about the nation's debt, Americans are leaving a huge burden on our children.

He said a simple percentage of everybody's income "could wipe out this debt." The percentage could be easily determined by any financial consultant, Evert said.

"It has to start somewhere, and the voters need to think this way on all governmental levels," he said.

Another issue is the environment, he said, and Americans have to start taking care of our planet. We need "to think globally and act locally," he said.

We need to stop littering "from the small items like soft drink bottles to large items like washers and tires that are just thrown on the roadway," he said.

"Again, this is looking at the future and what we leave our children," Evert said.

Evert said he is anti-abortion and he is not against firearms.

"The Democrats have no plans to take away people's guns," he said.

Evert said in order to accommodate the expansion from the east into Morgan and Hampshire counties, "the lack of infrastructure" must be addressed. "This money has to come from the new tax structure," he said.

He said a half-million West Virginians are without health insurance.

"With tax restructuring, health care will be provided equally. Everyone should have access to equal and excellent health care," Evert said.

Evert moved to Hampshire County 12 years ago from Richmond, Va. He said he is retired and worked in sales for the G.E. Electric Supply Co. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and has a bachelor's degree in history from George Mason University.

Evert and his wife are foster parents to two children, and they have three children of their own, all in college in West Virginia.

Five other candidates are running for the 51st District seat. Three Morgan County candidates are Democrats Robert L. "Bob" Ford and Gary Lee Nelson, and Republican Daryl E. Cowles. Two other Hampshire County candidates are Republicans Abby Chapple and George L. Sneathen.

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