Essential reporting in volatile times.

Not a Subscriber yet? Click here to take advantage of All access digital limited time offer $8.99 for your first 3 months.

Interested in Donating? Click #ISupportLocal for more information on supporting local journalism.

HD Media is running submitted questionnaires from candidates in the 2020 elections.

Read more responses from candidates by clicking on the links at right.

We are working with all candidates in contested races to get their questionnaires included on our website. (If a candidate has no opposition in the primary election, then they will receive a questionnaire after the primary ends.)

If a candidate is having trouble sending in a questionnaire, please click on an existing profile in your race. Send the same information, your numbered answers and your photo in an email to You will receive a confirmation email back within two business days.

NAME: Bob Beach

CANDIDATE FOR: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

PARTY: Democrat


BIOGRAPHY: 53 years Agricultural experience: Farm raised- 800 acre cattle farm, 4-H/FFA-Officer, Meat cutter-Manager, Perishable Meat Commodity Buyer, Multi-store Supervisor of perishable retail grocery ($4 million annual budget), Political Science-Fairmont State University, Chairman of House Committee on Agriculture, Legislative Committee on Agriculture (19 years House and Senate), Southern Legislative Conference- Agricultural Committee member, WVU Davis College of Agriculture Visitation Committee.

Questions from the West Virginia League of Women Voters:

1. What do you see as the role of the Commissioner of Agriculture in spurring the economic growth of agriculture in West Virginia?

The definition of Agriculture goes beyond farming to include economic development, jobs, and income. The role of the Commissioner is to manage the Department, but more importantly, foster economic and innovative growth within the greater agricultural community. I will work with and for the agricultural community to ensure timely communication including access to needed information and resources.

2. Do you feel the environmental impact of agriculture has been properly addressed? If not, what changes would you favor?

The Department should lead by example and I would encourage other agencies to follow. Recently a Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, finding exposure to Glyphosate, a main ingredient found in Roundup to be the source of his current medical condition. As your Commissioner I will discontinue use of Glyphosate product on property owned and operated by the WVDA.