I am Laura Wakim Chapman, and I am your candidate for the West Virginia State Senate.

I live in Wheeling with my husband of ten years, Matthew, and our two children, Jackson and Eloise.  I graduated from Mount de Chantal and West Virginia University. I am the daughter and granddaughter of veterans and a constitutional lawyer who fights for our First and Second Amendment rights in court.

I am running so the people in the Northern Panhandle have an effective voice and will not be forgotten. I will listen to you, not lobbyists, not other politicians, and not special interest groups. I pledge to you that every vote I cast will be for the betterment of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall Counties.

My day-one priorities are roads and broadband, school safety, and economic development for the Northern Panhandle.

I will always do the right thing for you!

Vote for

Laura Wakim Chapman

on November 8, 2022!

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Laura Wakim Chapman

Pro-Life, Pro-Second Amendment, Pro-WV Energy, Pro-Veteran

Republican

     

It is helpful for people to know where candidates stand on big issues. While it is impossible to agree with someone 100% of the time, I set forth my ideas in an effort to earn your vote. I pledge that every vote I make will be for the betterment of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall Counties. I humbly ask for your vote!

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PRO-LIFE

     I am a woman of faith and attend St. Michael’s Church. I adamantly oppose abortion and I oppose taxpayer-funded abortion.

PRO-SECOND AMENDMENT

     I am a member of the NRA, and an owner of firearms. I will never vote to restrict your rights and will fight against anti-Second Amendment policies.

INFLATION

     High inflation is a problem throughout the country but we can do things here and now to combat the effects of inflation and put money back into the pockets of Northern Panhandle families. The legislature can pass meaningful tax reform legislation to help alleviate the crushing effects of inflation. There are 9 states with no income tax. Why aren’t we one of them? We have an almost 1.4 BILLION dollar surplus in Charleston. That money belongs to the people of West Virginia. It does not belong to Charleston. We can afford to cut taxes, including the personal income tax, during these tough economic times. We are taxed enough!

 

ROADS AND BROADBAND

     Our roads in the Northern Panhandle are falling apart. They are dangerous to drive on and cause unnecessary and expensive damage to our vehicles. I will make sure our roads are timely repaired and I won’t let Charleston forget about us.

PRO-WEST VIRGINIA ENERGY

     Gas and utility prices are out of control. I support West Virginia energy to help lower gasoline prices and utility bills.

PRO-VETERANS

     Men and women have fought, and some have died, protecting our freedoms. We need an effective health care facility for veterans in the Northern Panhandle so that they don’t need to experience the bureaucratic run around. I will work with federal officials to accomplish this. As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I spent many of my childhood years on an army base. My great-grandfather is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I truly understand the trials and tribulations facing our men and women of the armed forces and I believe we owe our veterans and service members the utmost respect.

SCHOOL SECURITY

     Nationally, we face a school security issue. This is completely unacceptable. My day one priority, if elected, is to make the schools safer. We do this by retrofitting security systems that are directly tied to local law enforcement departments, as well as hiring and training veterans to serve as security personnel who will protect our precious children. I will also work toward ensuring that every school has a dedicated mental health professional to help our children realize that violence is never an answer. As a mother of two, my heart breaks every time I hear of another tragedy. We need to make sure this doesn’t happen to any child in West Virginia.

EDUCATION

     We have the best schools in the Northern Panhandle because we have the best and most dedicated teachers. Decisions regarding education should continue to be made on the local level between teachers, our elected school boards and families. Our teachers in the Northern Panhandle spend their own money on classroom expenses. That is why I propose our teachers be given a tax credit to assist with those unreimbursed expenses. Our children need additional tutoring to help stop the learning loss our children faced because of the COVID shutdown. Our schools must never close again. We need more career training at the high school level. Our teachers and children deserve small class sizes!

PRO-POLICE

     Nationally, violent crime has reached an all time high and this has spilled over into the Northern Panhandle, mostly through the opioid crisis. The only people who protect us from violent crime are the dedicated men and women of law enforcement. We need to support the police and make certain they have the necessary resources to perform their important work.

 

OPIOID CRISIS

     We have an illegal drug problem in the Northern Panhandle. In order to combat this issue that is claiming the lives of young people, the legislature needs to equip the courts with options. There is an available monthly non-addictive shot, Naltrexone (Vivitrol), which blocks a person’s craving for opioids, fentanyl, and heroin. A similar treatment is being developed for methamphetamine addiction. Courts need to be able to offer an opioid user an option to take the treatments when it comes to sentencing.

PRESCRIPTION SAVINGS FOR OUR SENIORS

     I will propose a law mandating Seniors be given the lowest possible price for prescriptions.

IMMIGRATION

     I am for legal immigration and against illegal immigration. Our current open-border policy is unsustainable and dangerous. Human trafficking, drugs, and other crime comes along with open-borders.

 

The Leadership the First District Needs

I am not afraid to do the right thing for you, even when it is hard.  My goals, if elected, will be to promote economic development, jobs, expand broadband internet, and to fix our failing roads.

I support West Virginia Energy.

 I will work hard to keep the cost of living low for the wonderful people of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall Counties.

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Laura for WV Senate

Laura for WV Senate

Pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, pro WV Energy
Republican - State Senate: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall

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Childcare is at the forefront of issues at the Capitol this week. As a working mother of two, I understand the difficulty families face in caring for their children. I am proud to announce that I am the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 437 (with bipartisan support) which would help make certain that childcare is available to every family. ... See MoreSee Less

Childcare is at the forefront of issues at the Capitol this week. As a working mother of two, I understand the difficulty families face in caring for their children. I am proud to announce that I am the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 437 (with bipartisan support) which would help make certain that childcare is available to every family.

I am proud to cosponsor a bill with the finance and education chairs for the WV Guardian Program which will help our schools be safer. We need to protect our children, teachers and staff and this is a great bill to accomplish that purpose. ... See MoreSee Less

I am proud to cosponsor a bill with the finance and education chairs for the WV Guardian Program which will help our schools be safer. We need to protect our children, teachers and staff and this is a great bill to accomplish that purpose.

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I love this idea and I have thought it was a good idea myself. God Bless our young children.

Hopefully this bill doesn’t infringe on parents’ rights. Trampling our rights is a huge problem in the education system as well as the corrupt teacher unions.

Yesterday, my district counterpart Senator Weld introduced a resolution to support the sheriffs of our wonderful state. It was my honor to join that resolution and to vote yes.

I also met with Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard to see what can be done to help with school safety.

Soon, I will be announcing an initiative regarding school safety that I am proud to be cosponsoring with the finance and education chairs of the senate.
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Yesterday, my district counterpart Senator Weld introduced a resolution to support the sheriffs of our wonderful state. It was my honor to join that resolution and to vote yes. 

I also met with Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard to see what can be done to help with school safety. 

Soon, I will be announcing an initiative regarding school safety that I am proud to be cosponsoring with the finance and education chairs of the senate.

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It's nice that you are keeping us informed of things that are happening.

Thank you for sharing what is going on.

❤️😘

Good job on keeping us informed on what you are working on. 👏🏻

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One of the first bills I’m introducing involves an exemption of the entirety of Social Security payments from state income tax with SB 193. Inflation is harming many, especially our seniors. I’m hopeful this will provide some relief.

The legislative session is short and will go by quickly. Please reach out soon if you have any issues you would like to discuss.
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One of the first bills I’m introducing involves an exemption of the entirety of Social Security payments from state income tax with SB 193. Inflation is harming many, especially our seniors. I’m hopeful this will provide some relief. 

The legislative session is short and will go by quickly. Please reach out soon if you have any issues you would like to discuss.

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Social security benefits are taxed? That's interesting... weren't the wages, from which the initial contributing funds originated, already taxed? I had no idea that was a thing. Good one! I wonder if this could move others to similar ideas

Glad you are presenting this one.

Thank you so much. !!! I hope we get it,!!!

Thank you Laura. We senior citizens appreciate your bill

That would be great!!

Looks like a very good start Thank you

I hope it goes through

Thank You

All income taxes are evil and should be abolished.

Lowering taxes is always a good thing!

Eliminate the car tax!!!!

Thank you Laura

Thanks, Laura!

Thank you

Thank-you!!!

You go girl great bill

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It was my sincere honor to be able to cast my second vote as a senator for SB 127 in support of higher reimbursement rates of PEIA. As a member of the health committee, I will work to help fix the issues facing PEIA. ... See MoreSee Less

It was my sincere honor to be able to cast my second vote as a senator for SB 127 in support of higher reimbursement rates of PEIA. As a member of the health committee, I will work to help fix the issues facing PEIA.

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Good job Laura

Please define “Fix” PEIA

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A Vision For The Future

I know that the Northern Panhandle is truly a special place.  We need others to know that too. If elected, I will work every hour to bring opportunities to the Northern Panhandle.

Issues

Economic Development

I support all of our local businesses, industries, and workers.  It is through innovative legislation that I believe we can attract talent and stop our population from leaving.  All owners and employees of big, small, women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses are a priority to me.

Broadband and Roads

Our roads in the Northern Panhandle are falling apart. They are dangerous to drive on and cause unnecessary and expensive damage to our vehicles.

I will make sure our roads are timely repaired and I won’t let Charleston forget about us.

We need to make sure accessibility is available to the people of the Northern Panhandle by way of roads and fast internet. 

Jobs

We must ensure that we have enough opportunities for all people in the Northern Panhandle.  One way to do that is through economic development.  But we also have to make sure we are training our citizens for the jobs that this region is known for.  

School Security

Nationally, we face a school security issue. This is completely unacceptable. My day one priority, if elected, is to make the schools safer. We do this by retrofitting security systems that are directly tied to local law enforcement departments, as well as hiring and training veterans to serve as security personnel who will protect our precious children.

I will also work toward ensuring that every school has a dedicated mental health professional to help our children realize that violence is never an answer.

As a mother of two, my heart breaks every time I hear of another tragedy. We need to make sure this doesn’t happen to any child in West Virginia.

Education

We have the best schools in the Northern Panhandle because we have the best and most dedicated teachers. Decisions regarding education should continue to be made on the local level between teachers, our elected school boards and families.

Our teachers in the Northern Panhandle spend their own money on classroom expenses. That is why I propose our teachers be given a tax credit to assist with those unreimbursed expenses.

Our children need additional tutoring to help stop the learning loss our children faced because of the COVID shutdown. Our schools must never close again. We need more career training at the high school level. Our teachers and children deserve small class sizes!

Inflation

High inflation is a problem throughout the country but we can do things here and now to combat the effects of inflation and put money back into the pockets of Northern Panhandle families.

The legislature can pass meaningful tax reform legislation to help alleviate the crushing effects of inflation. There are 9 states with no income tax. Why aren’t we one of them?

We have an almost 1.4 BILLION dollar surplus in Charleston. That money belongs to the people of West Virginia. It does not belong to Charleston. We can afford to cut taxes, including the personal income tax, during these tough economic times. We are taxed enough!

West Virginia Energy

Gas and utility prices are out of control. I support West Virginia Energy to help lower gasoline prices and the cost of utilities.

Prescription Savings for Senior Citizens

I will propose a law mandating Seniors be given the lowest possible price for prescriptions.

Pro-Veteran

Men and women have fought, and some have died, protecting our freedoms.

We need an effective health care facility for veterans in the Northern Panhandle so that they don’t need to experience the bureaucratic run around. I will work with federal officials to accomplish this.

As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I spent many of my childhood years on an army base. My great-grandfather is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I truly understand the trials and tribulations facing our men and women of the armed forces and I believe we owe our veterans and service members the utmost respect.

Volunteer

Whether you are willing to put a sign in your yard, knock doors, make phone calls, or help with administrative tasks, we are always in need of assistance.  If you are willing to do so, please let us know by emailing laura@lauraforwv.com

 

Donation

If you would like to donate to the campaign, please fill out the information below.  Thank you so much!

The campaign contribution limit per person, per election cycle is $2,800.00.  Corporate contributions are not permitted.  

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Upcoming Events

Campaign Launch

December 9, 2021 | Table 304, Wheeling

Laura will be launching her campaign on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Table 304 in the historic Flatiron Building in Wheeling.  The location is just another example as to Laura’s resolve to help create opportunities locally.  Table 304 is a small women-owned business.  Laura believes it is critical to help local businesses and support local commerce in whatever manner possible.

Laura Introduced at Toughman!

February 18 and 19, 2022 | Wesbanco Arena, Wheeling

Laura was introduced by Jerry Thomas at the Toughman contest at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling.  She is not a Toughman, but she will fight for you!

Laura at the Meet the Candidate

March 24, 2022 | Scottish Rite, Wheeling

Laura will be at the Scottish Rite in Wheeling on March 24, 2022 at 5:30 pm for a meet the candidate.

Laura at the Meet the Candidate

April 11, 2022 | Hancock County Senior Center, New Cumberland

Laura will be at the Hancock County Senior Center in New Cumberland on April 11, 2022 at 11:00 am for a meet the candidate.

Laura at the Meet the Candidate

April 21, 2022 | Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton

Laura will be at the Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton on April 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm for a meet the candidate.

Don’t Forget to Vote!

The General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

 

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