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Dear Editor:

“An article recently surfaced that reflected District 23 House of Delegate representative, Joshua Nelson, as absent during most of the 2014 WV Legislature, which came upon my radar for contemplation and discussion. The article pointed out that Delegate Nelson was absent, due to duty in the Air National Guard.

As most area residents know, Delegate Nelson is in the Air National Guard, and his reasoning for non-attendance at the Legislature was due to the call of duty by our nation, which took him away to Texas for training.

The West Virginia Legislature also voted down the Electronic Vote Bill, which Nelson supported, and which would have permitted him to vote and represent his constituents and WV, from a distant location.

This would have allowed guard members to vote via electronic means while away, and this provision was shot down—no Air National Guard pun intended, thus preventing Nelson, and other elected representatives who serve, from voting. Many states make provisions for guardsmen and reservists, however, the WV Legislature voted directly against these provisions.

Let it be known from this Democrat that I appreciate his service on behalf of the people of this State and our Nation, as well as his community, church, and family, and that these character traits are reasons that I will continue to support Joshua Nelson’s seat in the Legislature. A Boone County constituent here, and a Democrat at that (Josh is a Republican), we, the people, get more out of Josh Nelson’s non-attendance at the Legislature than we do from the Party Machine, those elected officials who sit in attendance every day of the legislature and vote more of our freedoms away and vote more corporate crony’ism in.

Boone County (and other counties) has sent elected officials to the Capitol for years, who cater to corporate interests and good ole boy-n-girl networks, at the expense of the people. Need I name names?

As for having it both ways, we celebrate Veteran’s Day every year, while waving our Red-White-and-Blues and we say how much we appreciate our service men and women, until they’re taken away for training and duty, and then we want to cast stones?

A statesman is Josh Nelson. A young man, married, a father, serving our country, serving his church, working in the coal mines, Josh represents the human being, regardless of party affiliation. He has responded to my inquiries each and every time I have sent one, and he has met with me in person as well.

It is unfortunate that the WV Legislature 2014 was not graced by Josh Nelson’s presence because I have observed that his votes have consistently been for people and not party.

Again, Democrat here, Boone County native and resident. I value the people-centered, Oath of Office upholding representative that is Josh Nelson over the totality of career politicians who, even when physically present in their seats at the Capitol, are absent their constituents.

As human beings, many of us have become disgruntled in the status-quo State and National politics. This has become increasingly apparent, as voter turn-out hovered near 20 percent in Boone County. Speaking personally, my own Democratic Party elected officials seldom respond to my correspondences, and when they do, it has been in the form of voting against personal and religious freedoms. I remain a registered Democrat, primarily to bug the crap out of my elected officials who seem to have far removed themselves from their Oaths of Office. What’s that?!? Oath of Office?

I write this in an effort to remind all of our elected representatives that they, indeed, did take an Oath of Office, and they need to uphold that Oath of Office or take an elected hike out of office. I digress.

It is the service of the service man and woman that should be recognized and who deserve our votes for true representation. It is the father and the mother who strive to feed and clothe and educate their children who need to be filling the seats of the WV Legislature and the halls of the U.S. Congress.

It is the miner and the McDonald’s cashier who we could all benefit from in elected government. It is the elder on a fixed Social Security income who needs our votes, so they can be the ones considering and enacting laws for the benefit of the people. This we have in Joshua Nelson—An Oath Keeper.

Joshua Nelson is one of those rare few—sadly—who contains in one pinky fingernail the traits of a true and humble American, working beside and on behalf of all West Virginians and Americans to bring this state and nation back around to a place where we can live and enjoy our God-given freedoms and inalienable rights, which are slipping away and being stripped away from all of us at a speed that boggles the brain.

I urge you, each of you, to begin to examine what is happening in government. To give consideration and to give your votes to those who seek to serve in the manner that Delegate Joshua Nelson does.”

Michelle Akers Ford

Jeffrey, W.Va.

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