Newspaper article Roll Call

My View of West Virginia

Newspaper article Roll Call

My View of West Virginia

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When Rep. Capito entered the auditorium for an internet safety event she sat down with the speakers, isolated from the students. I thought my shot would be of her giving a talk to the students in which case I would do a reverse angle and get the students in the background. That shot happened and was fine. But at some point she saw an open seat and decided to sit with the kids which made for some fun shots bantering with them. The sunglasses were a prize she received for winning a contest for creating a strong password. As she walked she out she whipped them into the crowd a la a pro athlete.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant greets Rosemary Ervin, 91, during a dinner at the Mineral Senior Center in Keyser. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Politicians often meet with senior citizens since they will tend turn out more for voting. Seniors usually have a lot of character and I thought this was a sweet gesture by the 91-year-old Rosemary, at this weekly dinner.

Charlotte Lane, right, talks with Lois Alt, on Alt's poultry farm in Old Fields, WV. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

I was only on the ground the for five minutes with Charlotte Lane. The logistics of covering numerous candidates in a big state dictated that. Luckily we have the dog sleeping on the truck to give it that country feel. Without "Sugar" it would be tough to pull a picture out of the scene.

State Senator Evan Jenkins buys ramps from Mia Carroll, 8, in Summersville, WV. Also appearing are her brother, Dario, 8, their mother Lisa, center, and Judy Derberry. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Mr. Jenkins and his staff were following me since I had arrived into the town early and scoped out where they were scheduled to go next. As we passed this roadside market I thought, "Man, that would be a good picture of him talking with some locals." I had no idea what ramps were, (they are like wild onions) I just knew they were selling something. …

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