Teufel files for Commission seat

February 04, 1998


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A fourth man has announced his candidacy for the Berkeley County Commission seat being vacated by James C. Smith.

Steven Charles Teufel, a Republican from Martinsburg, last week announced his intention to run in the May 12 primary.

A 1977 graduate of Hedges-ville High School and a 1981 graduate of West Virginia University, Teufel ran in the 1996 primary.

"Not much has changed in the last two or three years. There's been a lot of talk about getting things done, but not a lot has been achieved," Teufel said.


If elected, Teufel, a pork producer, said he would push for water and sewer projects in the southern part of the county.

"A lot of money has been spent on the north end, but here in the south end of the county we need to have sewer and water projects taken care of. We need them developed," Teufel said.

Teufel said he has some ideas about getting state funding for different projects.

"You need to direct your resources to make Berkeley County a better place. There's always another avenue when you're in a growth-related county to come up with money," Teufel said.

Although he has no experience as an elected official, Teufel said he's held several leadership positions: He's a longtime member of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, has attended the Leadership Berkeley program, is on the Berkeley County Farm Bureau's board of directors, is president of the county's Republican Association and is involved with the state and national Pork Producers Council.

"It's a bright time for the future of Berkeley County and we need to be very open. We need to look to the future not to get us through 2000, but to bring us through the years after 2000," Teufel said.

Aside from working for improvement projects in southern Berkeley County, Teufel said that if elected he'd push for more support for law enforcement and the recreation department.

Three other Martinsburg men are vying for Smith's seat.

Leon Close, a 64-year-old home-builder, said he would hold the line on taxes if elected. He was the GOP nominee for state Senate in 1984 when he lived in Morgan County and has run for the House of Delegates three times. He lives in Martinsburg.

The Rev. John E. Wright, a Republican from Bunker Hill, W.Va., and former county commissioner, and C.B. "Butch" Pennington, a Democrat from Martinsburg, have also filed to run in the primary.

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