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Unger's campaign on the move

July 05, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Senate candidate John Unger has an ambitious plan afoot to win his first bid for public office.

Starting this morning in Paw Paw, W.Va., Unger, 29, a Democrat, said he plans to cover Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties by foot in an effort to build a platform to represent his potential constituents.

"We want to listen to the issues and concerns of the people throughout the region," said Unger, who said he'll do that by going door-to-door in the various towns and communities and talking one-on-one with people at town hall meetings.

"We are going to win this election the old-fashioned way, with shoe leather and shaking hands," he said.

The effort will end Friday afternoon in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., where a gathering is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the gazebo.

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On his itinerary are Great Cacapon, Berkeley Springs, Hedgesville, Back Creek Valley, Gerrardstown, Glengary, In-wood, Bunker Hill, Pikeside, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Leetown, Middleway, Charles Town, Shannondale and Bolivar.

During his stint on the road, Unger said he'll be staying with local residents.

He said he plans to walk everywhere people live in the three counties, which comprise the 16th state senatorial district.

"I've got walking shoes and I'm ready to go," Unger said. "If I'm not in good shape now, I will be by the end of it."

- Kerry Lynn Fraley

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