From the Morgan Messenger newspaper, February 17, 2010:
Larry D. Kump says Republican leaders persuaded him to be a candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates, District #52 of Northwest Berkeley County and a small section of Eastern Morgan County.
A Falling Waters resident, Kump gave up his early retirement to run for office. He said he wants to represent West Virginia taxpayers, especially working families, the financially encumbered elderly and struggling single parents.
“All of these folks bust a gut every day to make their diminishing financial ends meet,” Kump said.
He described himself as an independent Republican who considers himself as a populist libertarian.
An advocate of fiscal restraint, with legislative drafting experience, Kump proposes a restructuring of West Virginia taxes and elimination of property taxes on family vehicles as well as the taxes on groceries and home heating fuels.
He points out that many local residents purchase cheaper gasoline in Maryland and Virginia, depriving West Virginia of tax revenue, and demonstrating the need for a reduction and restricting of West Virginia gasoline taxes.
A proponent of “common sense” health insurance reform, Kump is a former public sector labor leader who proposes that a good first step would be to mend West Virginia’s own exorbitant Medical Malpractice rates via tort reform. High medical malpractice rates have contributed to an exodus of qualified doctors and other health care professionals from West Virginia and higher medical expenses for all, he said.
Kump’s experience also includes service as a professional arbitrator, certified mediator, expert witness, training facilitator, cognitive behavior mentor, sex offender therapist, prison case manager, university guest lecturer and critical incident stress manager.
He said he looks forward to working with other legislators to enhance family preservation incentives and protect individual rights.
Kump is a descendent of founding father Patrick Henry and former West Virginia Governor Herman Guy Kump.
He is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College, Frostburg State University and the Maryland Correctional Professional Staff Academy.
Kump has two children and is a member of the Hedgesville congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).