Douglas Skaff, Jr.

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Douglas Skaff, Jr.
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Current candidacy
Running for West Virginia State Senate, District 17
Date of primaryMay 13, 2014
Current office
West Virginia House of Delegates District 35
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University, 2000
Master'sWest Virginia University, 2001
Personal
Date of birthNovember 10, 1976
Place of birthCharleston, WV
ProfessionDistrict Manager, Norandex, Saint Gobain
ReligionChristian - Eastern Orthodox
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Douglas Skaff, Jr. campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Douglas "Doug" Skaff, Jr. (b. November 10, 1976) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Skaff unsuccessfully ran as a Republican in 2002.

Skaff was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 17 of the West Virginia State Senate.

Biography

Skaff earned his B.S. in Marketing from West Virginia University in 2000. He went on to receive his MA from West Virginia University in 2001.

Skaff was a Future Services Specialist for West Virginia University Office of Student Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He then worked as a Sales Manager for Owens Corning from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Human Resource Specialist for Owens Corning. He has been District Manager for Norandex in Saint Gobain since 2006.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Skaff served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development and Small Business, Chair
Finance
Roads and Transportation
Workforce Investment for Economic Development, Chair
Economic Development
Finance
Outcomes-Based Funding Models in Higher Education

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Skaff served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Skaff served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Skaff's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Economic Development and Jobs
Excerpt: "I will work to create and lead a caravan around the state with the Speaker of the House and Senate President stopping in various towns and cities to have roundtable discussions and forums with current business owners of all sizes to understand why they are successful and what we can do legislatively to help support them. I think it is important to hear first hand from those who make a payroll and wake up everyday creating opportunities for families to be successful in WV."
  • Teachers Pay
Excerpt: "Teachers deserve to be paid more. I owe my experiences in life to my teachers through the years from grade school through college. We can’t compete in the market place and attract jobs if we don’t have highly qualified and talent workforce. Our teachers are the ones who will be educating our future leaders and workers of tomorrow and we must be creative and find ways to pay them more. All parties must come together to continue to examine our current structure and do what we can as elected officials to pay all teachers more, reward those who go above and beyond, and help provide for those who want to go back and expand into teaching new fields."
  • Senior, Veterans, and Retirees
Excerpt: "This is a vital untapped resource for West Virginia. We need to provide tax incentives to our seniors, veterans, and retirees in particularly income taxes, housing, and healthcare cost. This will help our existing citizens and will encourage new retirees and veterans come home to West Virginia. Incentives for our seniors’ will allow their expenditures to stay in WV and stimulate our economy, provide ancillary jobs, and expand our population base."
  • Educated Workforce and Priorities for Public Education
Excerpt: "We must focus our education system in these areas to provide for a more educated workforce to fill those needs of today and tomorrow."
  • Promise Scholarship
Excerpt: "The PROMISE scholarship is indeed a great thing that allows our high school graduates to further their education in an in state school for college. It was created to help keep our graduates in state for their education. We should not punish those students who decide to leave the state; instead work towards new ways of keeping them here. We must work with local businesses, educators, community leaders, and current employers to provide for ways to make more opportunities in the state available for our graduates who want to stay."
  • Natural Gas
Excerpt: "Our state is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. We should not be penalized for the region we are in and the opportunities that exist."
  • Coal
Excerpt: "Coal is the backbone of West Virginia. Our state has been able to do some amazing things over the years because of this industry. West Virginians rely on coal as means to provide for their families. I will continue to stand up to those in Washington Dc and around the country that have waged this war on this industry making my voice heard as proud supporter of coal. Although the national agenda by this administration has handcuffed us on allot of issues, I will continue to voice my opposition and do what I can locally to ensure our state laws are pro coal and pro coal families."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Environmental laws are continually being changed and I would be open for consideration of any laws that provide for the improvement of the health and well being of all West Virginians. West Virginia is a beautiful state and I will continue to work hard to make sure we have that balance allowing for development of our resources while not damaging the water and mountains that make our state special."
  • Redistricting

Excerpt: "Led the charge to break up the large 7 Member district formerly called (30th District) Worked to create a 4-3 compromise splitting up the district into two separate districts. One for the Eastern Upper Kanawha Valley area and one for the Western part of the county. I believe this compromise will result in better representation of the people of WV."

2012

Skaff's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Economic Development and Jobs

  • Excerpt:"I will support reduction of the business franchise tax and make it easier to conduct business in WV. We must encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and research funding which result in economic benefit for our state. Promote ways to help employers and employees provide Long Term Healthcare for employees and their families by providing tax incentives for them. Continue the support for school and business partnerships to provide for a more educated and skilled workforce."

Taxpayer Liabilities

  • Excerpt:"We to to continue to increase the low income family tax credit and work to reduce the food tax. Also, I support establishing new tax incentives for new home construction, reducing taxes for our seniors and veterans, and additionally offer incentives for retirees wishing to return to West Virginia. In order to encourage recent graduates choosing to stay in the state to start their employment, we should offer income tax breaks to them. Lastly, the business franchise tax should continue to be reduced to help attract new businesses to our area and support the existing business base."

Teachers Pay and Merger of Retirement Plans

  • Excerpt:"We must figure out a way to merge the retirement plans while not losing sight on our pay raise for our teachers. Eligible teachers must be able to afford to retire thus creating opportunities for our new educators of tomorrow who will start contributing to the retirement plan."

Senior, Veterans, and Retirees

  • Excerpt:"This is a vital untapped resource for West Virginia. We need to provide tax incentives to our seniors, veterans, and retirees in particularly income taxes, housing, and healthcare cost. This will help our existing citizens and will encourage new retirees and veterans come home to West Virginia. Incentives for our seniors’ will allow their expenditures to stay in WV and stimulate our economy, provide ancillary jobs, and expand our population base."

Environment

  • Excerpt:"Environmental laws are continually being changed and I would be open for consideration of any laws that provide for the improvement of the health and well being of all West Virginians."

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Doug Skaff, Jr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Lance V. Wheeler was defeated by Tom Takubo in the Republican primary. Takubo defeated Skaff and Jesse Johnson (Mountain) in the general election.[3][4][5]

West Virginia State Senate District 17, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Takubo 52.1% 15,488
     Democratic Doug Skaff, Jr. 43.8% 13,029
     Mountain Jesse Johnson 4.1% 1,221
Total Votes 29,738

2012

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Skaff won re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35. Skaff advanced past the May 8 primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

2010

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Skaff was re-elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 30. He was one of fourteen candidates running for the seven District 30 Delegate positions on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. He was opposed in the general election by Republican candidates Daniel "Rick" Barnett, Michael Scott Hall, Brian F. Hicks, Fred Joseph, Eric Nelson, Jim Strawn, and Steve Sweeney; Democratic incumbents Bonnie Brown, Nancy Guthrie, Barbara Hatfield, Mark Hunt, Sharon Spencer, and Danny Wells. The seven top vote-getters were elected.[9][10][11]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 30 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Skaff, Jr. (D) 19,335 8.79%
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Nelson (R) 17,603 8.00%
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Wells (D) 17,197 7.81%
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Hatfield (D) 17,186 7.81%
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Brown (D) 16,920 7.69%
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Hunt (D) 16,498 7.50%
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Guthrie (D) 16,301 7.41%
Sharon Spencer (D) 15,686 7.13%
Fred Joseph (R) 15,329 6.97%
Brian Hicks (R) 15,001 6.82%
Michael Hall(R) 14,923 6.78%
James Strawn (R) 14,180 6.44%
Daniel Barnett (R) 12,119 5.51%
Steven Sweeney (R) 11,808 5.37%
West Virginia State Senate, District 30 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Skaff, Jr. (D) 6,520 9.26%
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Louise Brown (D) 6,485 9.21%
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Ann Hatfield (D) 5,823 8.27%
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Bundy Wells (D) 5,447 7.74%
Green check mark transparent.png Sharon Marie Spencer (D) 3,338 11.44%
Green check mark transparent.png Mark A. Hunt (D) 5,158 7.33%
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Peoples Guthrie (D) 4,934 7.01%
E. C. "Bud" Anderson (D) 2,488 3.53%
Rod Harless (D) 2,374 3.37%
Joseph Andre Wallace(D) 1,961 2.79%
Steven Arlo Cook (D) 1,653 2.35%
Gary Eugene Holstein (D) 1,490 2.12%
Harold Verdayne Meade, Jr. (D) 1,273 1.81%

2008

In 2008, Skaff was elected to the West Virginia House District 30. Skaff finished with 24,625 votes and was followed by Danny Wells (D) with 24,019 votes, Bonnie Brown (D) with 23,353 votes, Barbara Hatfield (D) with 22,709 votes, Mark Hunt (D) with 21,635 votes, Sharon Spencer (D) with 21,541 votes, Nancy Guthrie (D) with 20,285 votes, Fred Joseph (R) with 18,653 votes, John Miller (R) with 17,992 votes, Bud Anderson (R) with 16,217 votes, Todd Carden (R) with 15,286 votes, Victoria Casey (R) with 14,250 votes, Edward Burgess (R) with 13,282 votes, Lance Vaughan (R) with 12,733 votes and John Welbourn (R) with 3,940 votes. Skaff raised $96,651 for his campaign fund.[12]

West Virginia House District 30
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Skaff (D) 24,265
Green check mark transparent.png Danny Wells (D) 24,019
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Brown (D) 23,353
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Hatfield (D) 22,709
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Hunt (D) 21,635
Green check mark transparent.png Sharon Spencer (D) 21,541
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Guthrie (D) 20,285
Fred Joseph (R) 18,653
John Miller (R) 17,992
Bud Anderson (R) 16,217
Todd Carden (R) 15,286
Victoria Casey (R) 14,250
Edward Burgess (R) 13,282
Lance Vaughan (R) 12,733
John Welbourn (M) 3,940

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Skaff is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Skaff raised a total of $227,877 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 30, 2013.[13]

Douglas Skaff, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 35 Won $73,977
2010 West Virginia State House, District 30 Won $57,174
2008 West Virginia State House, District 30 Won $96,651
2002 West Virginia State House, District 44 Defeated $75
Grand Total Raised $227,877

2012

Skaff won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Skaff raised a total of $73,977.

2010

Skaff won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010. During that election cycle, Skaff raised a total of $57,174.

2008

Skaff won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2008. During that election cycle, Skaff raised a total of $96,651.

2002

Skaff lost the election for the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2002. During that election cycle, Skaff raised a total of $75.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Skaff endorsements included the following:

  • Charleston Gazette
  • West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Charleston Chamber of Commerce
  • West Virginia Coal Association
  • West Virginians for Life
  • National Rifle Association
  • West Virginia AFL-CIO
  • West Virginia Education Association
  • United Mine Workers Association
  • West Virginia Farm Bureau
  • West Virginia Nurses Association

  • Dental Association
  • Business Industry Council
  • Manufacturers Association
  • West Virginia Seniors PAC
  • CWA
  • Homebuilders Association
  • HOSPAC
  • West Virginia Citizens Defense League
  • IOGAWV
  • WESPAC

Personal

Skaff is a member of the Home Builders Association, Generation Charleston, and the Charleston Area Alliance.[14]

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