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Dugan to run for re-election

November 18, 1997

Dugan to run for re-election

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Saying he wants to help continue the economic prosperity in the Eastern Panhandle, West Virginia State Sen. Harry Dugan announced Tuesday night he will be running for a second term in 1998.

"My goal in the State Senate is to work for a strong business climate so that state government does not stand in the way of progress," Dugan said during a reception at the Comfort Inn attended by about 70 supporters.

"The one thing we need desperately here in the Panhandle is infrastructure," said Dugan, R-Berkeley, after his announcement. In particular he noted the need for an interchange to connect City Hospital in Martinsburg to Interstate 81.

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"I think we need a little more leeway in the decisions made to bring industries in" to the Panhandle, Dugan said. He explained that state regulations can result in delays in wooing business and industry to the state.

If re-elected, he said he hopes to push for tort reform and easing the prevailing wage law that can add greatly to the cost of government projects. The 66-year-old retired businessman said labor costs are a major factor in any government building project and those contracts should be awarded on a more competitive basis.

Dugan was elected three years ago, defeating incumbent Democrat Sondra Lucht.

He noted the difficulty of being a member of the minority party in the Senate, where only nine of the 34 seats are held by Republicans.

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