Cindy Frich vs. Bob Beach


Bob Beach. Click image for official site.

Cindy Frich. Click image for official site.

Bob Beach and Cindy Frich are vying for the State Senate Seat out of District 13 in West Virginia. Both candidates have extensive political experience, specifically they have both served in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Beach, being the Democrat on the ticket, was appointed in 1998 and is still in office. Frich, being the Republican, served in the HoD from 2002-2006. Frich’s professional career has varied from sales clerk to political columnist, while Beach was a retail manager for 20 years. Both have also answered Project Vote Smart’s Issue Positions Questionnaire, also known as their “Political Courage Test”. You can view Beach’s responses here and Frich’s responses here.

The Candidates On the Issues

Many of the issues listed under this section use information from Project Vote Smart’s Political Courage Test, which Frich completed in 2010 and Beach last did so in 2000. You can view Frich’s responses here and Beach’s responses here. Some information also comes from their respective official campaign sites, you can see Beach’s campaign site here and Frich’s campaign site here.


Frich describes herself as 100% pro-life and openly supports the outright ban of abortion. She vows on her campaign site to “protect the life of the unborn”. She also supports parental notification and consent for abortions.

Beach supports legal abortions when pregnancy results from incest, rape, or when the woman’s life is in danger; he also supports parental notification and a ban on “partial-birth abortions”. He also supports “buffer zones” which require protesters to stay a certain distance from doorways and driveways that lead into abortion clinics. He does not support banning taxes from being used to conduct abortions. Beach voted in support of requiring mothers to be offered an ultrasound prior to an abortion.

Same-Sex Marriage

Frich also vows on her campaign website to “amend the state constitution to protect the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman”.

Beach has not publicly stated any position on same-sex marriage.

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Frich supports term limits for Governors and state legislators. She also supports limits on the amount of contributions that individuals, political action committees, corporations, and political parties can make to a candidate. She also claims that “bills should be posted for the public in their final form for 72 hours before they are voted on by legislators”. Frich also wants to “restore states’ rights provided for by the U.S Constitution and Bill of Rights.” She also wants to “begin [the] constitutional process to require two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike”.

Beach supports limits on the amount of contributions that political action committees, corporations, and political parties can donate to candidates, but does not support such restrictions on private donations. He does not support limiting total spending on campaigns nor using state taxes on campaigns. Beach also supports on-line voter registration and a WV constitutional amendment that would exempt veterans pension benefits from state taxes.

Crime and Public Safety

Frich supports the death penalty, charging minors convicted of violent crimes as adults, securing the US border, and allowing local police to enforce federal immigration laws.

Beach supports increasing state funding for state corrections, ending parole for repeat violent offenders, implementing penalties other than jail-time for certain non-violent crimes, informing a community when a convicted sex offender moves into the community, providing job-training and placement programs for released prisoners, lowering the blood alcohol limit for DUI’s, increasing penalties for crimes committed on school grounds, adding sexual orientation to hate-crime laws, and offer job-training and placement programs for at-risk youth.

Economic Issues and Taxes

Frich supports reducing government regulations on private businesses, increasing government funding for job-training programs, providing financial incentives to businesses for job creation, increasing spending on infrastructure projects to create jobs, and stimulating the economy by cutting taxes to create jobs.

Beach would greatly increase funding for K-12 education and slightly increase it for higher education, law enforcement, and health-care. He would maintain current funding levels for welfare programs, environmental protection, and transportation. Beach supports maintaining current tax levels on alcohol, capital gains, cigarettes, gasoline, income, and vehicles. He supports slightly decreasing taxes on corporations, food, sales, and property. Also, Beach would slightly increase taxes on smokeless tobacco and tax sales on the internet.


Frich supports requiring public schools to administer high school graduation exams and providing college students with financial aid.

Beach’s father, wife, and other family members are teachers. He claims to “support and encourage this all important profession”. Beach would like to increase state funding for professional development for teachers in public schools and hire more teachers. He also wants to encourage private/corporate investments into the public school systems. Beach supports high school graduation exams, increasing teacher pay, and merit pay for teachers.

Environment and Energy

Frich supports state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources like coal, supports funding for improvements to West Virginia’s energy infrastructure, funding for open space

preservation, does not support regulations aimed at reducing climate change, and wants to “protect West Virginians from pollution”.

Beach would like to encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution. He also wants to provide funding for recycling

programs, restructure West Virginia’s electric utility industry to allow choices between power companies, and strengthen regulations on quarrying operations and reclamation.

Gun Rights

Frich does not support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns, she does not support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens, does not support licensing for gun possession, and was the legislator who “saved” the WVU Rifle Team.

Beach supports banning the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except for those used for hunting. He also would strengthen state restrictions on the purchase of firearms, require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with new guns, require background checks for buyers at gun shows, and require a license for gun possession.

Health Issues

Frich does not support universal health-care or a public option, does support expanding health-care through legislative reform, supports voluntary interstate health insurance compacts, does not support the “individual mandate” under current health-care law, does support monetary limits for medical malpractice cases, does not support physician-assisted suicide, nor does she support increasing taxes on alcohol to expand substance abuse programs.

Beach supports providing tax benefits to companies that provide health insurance their employees, using state funds to continue Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants, limiting damages that can be awarded for medical malpractice lawsuits, allowing patients to sue their HMO’s, using West Virginia tobacco settlement funds to help pay for Medicare, and expanding health coverage to children under CHIP. Beach also believes that it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure access to health care for all individuals.

Social Issues

As mentioned above, Frich believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman. She does not support state funding for embryonic stem cell research, the state’s use of affirmative action, nor does she support including sexual orientation in West Virginia’s anti-discrimination laws.

Beach would increase state funds to provide child care in low-income families. He would also increase state funding for Head Start programs, community centers, and guaranteed college loans for in-state students. Beach also supports restricting marriage to be between a man and a woman, but he does support adding sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination laws. Beach openly supports affirmative action in public colleges and universities and state contracting. Beach generally supports maintaining the current level of welfare throughout the state, but would limit benefits to families who have additional children while on welfare, increase access to public transportation for unemployed welfare recipients, and allow college attendance to qualify as part of the work requirement for welfare recipients.

Legislative Priorities

Frich wants to “continue regulatory, legal, and tax reforms to promote economic growth and free market job creation”, “remain fiscal watchdog fighting against bigger government, higher taxes and wasteful spending”, “support Health Care Freedom Act to protect West Virginians from overreaching federal takeover and rationing”, “fix potholes, defend WVU and FSU, prepare public school children to be productive in a knowledge based economy; protect reimbursements for medical providers; increase graduation rates of physicians and nurses”, “set stable regulatory ground rules for drilling natural gas and mining coal to promote economic prosperity and preserve our national security”, and “post bills 72 hours before voting”.

Campaign Finances

The following campaign finance information is provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics and can view Frich’s campaign finance disclosures here and Beach’s campaign finance disclosures here. The information is preliminary in nature, since neither candidate has completed all of the disclosures.

Top Contributors

Cindy Frich’s top contributor is Cindy Frich, with $5,605, followed by a couple of family members with $1,000. Bob Beach’s is CNX Gas Corporation, a few people, the Committee to Re-elect Joe Manchin, and the Contractors Association of West Virginia with $1,000 each.

Top Industries

Beach’s top donating industry is candidate committees with $1,500, $1,000 coming from the Committee to Re-Elect Joe Manchin and $500 from Re-Elect Plymale for Senate. In total, Beach has received donations $1,250 from the oil and gas industries, $1,000 from health professionals, $1,000 from the electric industry, $1,000 from general contractors, and $750 from the mining industry. $10,925 has come from institutions and only $5,949 from people. In total, Beach has raised $18,374 to date.

Frich’s top donating industry is people, namely family members, who have donated $1,000 each; she has also received $750 from the mining industry. $8,273 came from people, $5,855 came from the candidate herself, and only $700 came from institutions. In total, Frich has raised $14,828 to date.

Interest Group Ratings

Interest Group Ratings have been provided by Project Vote Smart and can be located here for Frich and here for Beach.


The following biographical information has been provided by Project Vote Smart and can be viewed here for Frich and here for Beach. It has been placed into bulleted lists to make it easier to view due to the large amount of information.

Family Life

Frich is single and was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Beach comes from a family of teachers and is a married man with 5 children; he was born in Morgantown, WV.



  • Attended, Fairmount State College
  • Attended, Spruce School of Real Estate


  • B.A., Political Science, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1987
  • Attended, West Virginia University

Professional Experience


  • Retail Manager, 1980-2000
  • Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Garrett College Foundation Incorporated


  • Capitol Press Corps, State Capitol, 2008
  • Writer, Self-Employed, 2007-2010
  • Political Columnist, The Dominion Post, 2007-2008
  • Sales, Self-Employed, 2000-2008
  • Institute Liaison, Chautauqua Institute and New York City Ballet
  • Sales, Sound Investments

Political Experience


  • Delegate, West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1998-present
  • Appointed, West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1998


  • Organizer, Morgantown Healthcare Freedom Rally, July 17, 2009
  • Organizer, Emcee, Morgantown Health Care Town Hall, August 22, 2009
  • Co-Chair, Morgantown Tax Day TEA Party, April 15, 2009
  • West Virgina State Coordinator, Smart Girl Politics online network, 2009-2010
  • Delegate, WV House of Delegates, 2004-2006
  • Minority Vice-Chair, WV House Industry & Labor/Economic Development & Small Business Committee, 2004-2006
  • Delegate, WV GOP Convention, 2004, 2008
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2004
  • Platform Committee Member, Republican National Committee, 2004
  • Delegate, WV House of Delegates, 2002-2006
  • Committeewoman, 13th Senate district, WV State Republican Executive Committee, 1998-2014
  • Committeewoman, 13th senatorial district, WV Republican Executive Committee, 1998-2010
  • Elected Student Official, Legislative Assembly, Miami University
  • Secretary, College Republicans, Miami University



  • Member, Chestnut Ridge Community Church
  • Member, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Hart Field Coalition
  • Member, Leadership Monongalia
  • Member, Morgantown Board of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Realtors
  • Member, Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Member, West Virginia Board of Realtors
  • Member, West Virginia Farm Bureau
  • Member, Visitation Committee, West Virginia University Davis School of Agriculture


  • Registrar, organizing and charter member, Woodburn Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 2009-2010
  • Chair, NRA Foundation Banquet, 2006-2008
  • Chairman, NRA Foundation Banquet, 2006-2009
  • Charter member, 1200 Club, WVU Rifle Team, 2005-2006
  • Member, WVU Rifle Club, 2004-2008
  • Member, U.S.S. West Virginia Committee, 2004-2008
  • Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, Business and Professional Women, 2003-2004
  • Member, Celebration of America Committee, 2002-2004
  • Class member, Leadership Monongalia, Morgantown Chamber of Commerce, 2002
  • Charter member, Citizens for Responsible Development, 1999-2000
  • Official and Athlete’s Buddy, WV Special Olympics, 1998-2002
  • Exchange student, Japan, Rotary International, 1976-1977
  • Member, League of Women Voters
  • Vice President, Florence Merow Mason-Dixon Festival of WV, Incorporated
  • Vice-Regent, Daughters of the American Revolution, Monongahela Valley
  • Volunteer, homeless veterans Appalachian Stand Down

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees


  • Member, Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability, 2006
  • Member, Monongalia County Planning Commission


  • Registrar, charter and organizing member, Woodburn Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 2009-2010
  • Co-Chair, Morgantown Tax Day TEA Party, 2009
  • Member, NRA Foundation Banquet, 2006-2010
  • Chairman, NRA Foundation Banquet, 2006-2008
  • Chairman, Mountaineer Friends of the NRA Foundation Banquet, 2006-2009
  • Appointed member, Citizen’s Advisory Committee, MPO, 2004-2008
  • Charter member, First Things First Traffic Management Plan Committee, 2000-2008
  • Vice-Chair, West Run Bypass Study Committee, 2000
  • Citizen activist, initiated, West Run Planning District, 1999-2000
  • Appointed member, Region VI Planning and Development Council, 1998-2008
  • Health Board Appointee, Tobacco Use Throughout the Lifespan Task Force, 1998-1999

Legislative Committees



  • Member, Joint WV Senate/House, Insurance Availability & Medical Malpractice Insurance Committee, 2003-2006
  • Member, WV House Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee, 2003-2006
  • Member, WV House Government Organization Committee, 2003-2006
  • Member, WV House Banking and Insurance Committee, 2003-2006

Posted on October 7, 2010, in Campaign Finance, Candidates and Officials, News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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