For Raleigh County Democrat Mick Bates, who is running unopposed in the primary and general for re-election to the 30th District, he believes some of the biggest issues facing the state are staving off its population loss and diversifying the economy.
Bates, who is one of the 29 members appointed to the Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force, also says finding funding solutions for the plan is among his top priorities
Bates came to the U.S. from Australia in 1992 to take a job as a traveling physical therapist. In 1995, he came to West Virginia, where he had initially planned to live for only three months.
“They were recruiting people from all over the world trying to bring them here,” he said. “I came in on an immigrant worker visa. I was here as an immigrant worker for several years and became a citizen in 2006. I registered to vote in 2007 and stuck my name on a ballot in 2008.”
He established his business Bodyworks, a health, fitness and rehabilitation facility with offices in