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McKinley faces Cline for House of Representatives seat

CHARLESTON — On the ballot for the House of Representatives District 1 are Republican incumbent David McKinley and Democrat Natalie Cline.

Cline attended West Liberty University, Salem International University and West Virginia University where she earned a bachelor’s in international studies, a Master’s of Business Administration and a master’s of arts in linguistics.

After earning her degrees, Cline and her husband Jason moved to the Washington, D.C., area, but then returned to raise their son, Teddy. Cline is a computational linguist and has taught at West Virginia University and George Mason University.

“Her love of her state and family is what brought her back to West Virginia. Natalie believes that her candidacy adds to the growing desire of West Virginians to return to their previously Democratic roots where creating good paying jobs was the priority, become competitive, and have a U.S. congresswoman who will advocate for their interests at the national level to bring home federal dollars,” according to her website.

Serving the 1st District since 2011, McKinley says he brings to the table a lifetime of experience because his many years of working as an engineer and other experiences have equipped him to be successful in his position.

“We’ve been working on things and the advantage is the experience I have of being in the business world and trying to find solutions. We first identify the problem, come up with a solution and we try to implement them. That’s what I’m doing in Washington,” he said.

To come up with that solution, McKinley said sometimes that involves bipartisan ideas which has gained notoriety in the nation as the first district was recognized as 10th in the nation as the most bipartisan member of congress.

McKinley wants voters to know that he is listening to their concerns and using that information to take action with legislation.

“We’ll listen to people and talk to them and see what they need, then we take them back into Washington and we try to accomplish them,” he said.

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