My life, like most of yours, has had its ups and downs. My father and my mom each worked 80 to 90 hours per week, which taught me to be independent at a very early age.
As the saying goes, we were poor but didn’t know it. We had an outhouse that was nicer than the one most of our neighbors had. We always had shoes. My mom was a McCoy, although not directly related to those who feuded with the Hatfield’s in the hills of Kentucky where I was born.
My early years were occupied by baseball, pumping gasoline into coal miners’ cars at our family gas station, and watching Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith, Bonanza, Wagon Train, and Rawhide – that is, after we got our first television when I was seven years old. The town I lived in most of my first 18 years was Delorme, West Virginia, population of 400 at the time – now maybe 200.
My first six years of schooling was at Delorme grade school. It too had an outhouse, but the water system was better than at home. It had a hand pump, so you didn’t have to use a bucket to get the water out of the well.
The three things I remember most were the pot belly coal stove, the fact that you could only use two perforations of toilet paper, that there were six of us in my grade, and 36 total in six grades. I also remember that all thirty-six of us would line up outside the school most mornings to sing “God Bless America” and say the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Later, when I went to middle school/high school in Matewan, West Virginia, there were 700 students and 119 in my class. I remember being scared that I would get lost changing classes, but I never did. I managed to graduate second in my class. Although I didn’t want to be, I was elected President of the student body — my first political experience. The school had steam radiator … (Read More)
William (Bill) Mohr was born in 1959 and raised in Byron Center, Michigan. He was one of six children, three sisters and two brothers. He is married to Cheryl and is a father to six children, four step children and 18 grandchildren.
Bill has worked at a number of jobs over the years including over-the-road truck driving and managing a food production plant. For the recent 10 years Bill has been self employed in the housing industry.
Bill spent six years as a Precinct Delegate with the Republican Party, but switched his affiliation to the Constitution Party in 2005. For eight of the last ten years, he has Chaired the State Central Committee of the US Taxpayers Party of Michigan (Michigan’s affiliate of the Constitution Party), and the party has experienced solid and consistent growth under his leadership.
These are very uncertain times in our nation.
The American people have been perplexed with very poor governance; unconstitutional law, regulation and actions by every level of government. They have found themselves powerless to get it corrected. Tea Parties have come and gone, leaving few fragmented groups around the country. Political action organizations abound, but don’t seem to be able to get the foothold needed to make the changes necessary.
The answer to good governance simply lies in the solely in the election of good candidates. It is not a team sport. I plead with my peers, the American people, to leave the party politics in the past and vote for candidates that are worthy; candidates who understand the obligation they have to legislate within the confines of the Constitution.
Don Blankenship and William Mohr fit that bill. We will take our oath of office very seriously and fully expect the American people to hold us accountable to it.