I hope you do a little research on the candidates before you vote! Campaign finance reports are a good place to start:
In the 16th District Senate race, Senator John Unger hasn't received any FirstEnergy money. However, his opponent, Larry Faircloth took $1000 from FirstEnergy's PAC. Faircloth also took money from Roach Oil (that benefits from high eastern panhandle gas prices). Campaign finance aside, Faircloth is also responsible for the 35% hike in Berkeley Co. sewer fees. Developer Faircloth filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate developer impact fees for increases to sewage capacity. Due to loss of the impact fees, the sewer district had to file for an 11% rate increase. Larry Faircloth's personal financial interests seem to trump the interests of the citizens he wants to represent. I have reservations about whose interests Faircloth would serve if elected.
In the 67th District Delegate race, Delegate Stephen Skinner's campaign finance reports are FirstEnergy-free. That's not too surprising, since Delegate Skinner has taken an active role in criticizing FirstEnergy's bungling of estimated bills and recent rate increase request. His opponent, Pat Rucker, lists a $500 contribution from FirstEnergy PAC on her campaign finance report. Which candidate do you think would do more to protect you from FirstEnergy's money-grubbing, shoddy business practices? I didn't see Pat Rucker at the recent FirstEnergy rate increase hearings. She must support the company's request for a 17.2% hike in your electric bill.
In the 66th District Delegate race, Mountain Party candidate Danny Lutz has received no funding from FirstEnergy. However, his opponent, Frontier's representative Paul Espinosa seems to be pretty cozy with the FirstEnergy bigwigs in Akron. In addition to the obligatory $1,000 donation from the FirstEnergy PAC, FirstEnergy's boy also got another $1,000 donation from FirstEnergy CEO Tony Alexander. You'd think the Alexander family would have better things to do with their money than to toss it away on a West Virginia Delegate's race?
A vote for Unger, Skinner or Lutz is a vote AGAINST FirstEnergy! Don't forget to make yours count!