Three run for Charles Town seat

May 25, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Kate DiServio says Charles Town needs to start preparing for urban sprawl now.

DiServio, who lived in Northern Virginia for 15 years before moving here, said bustling areas such as Virginia's Rosslyn and Crystal City had to be redesigned because they did not have adequate pedestrian areas and green space.

One of three candidates running Thursday for an unexpired term on the Charles Town City Council, DiServio said she wants to make sure Charles Town does not suffer the same fate.

DiServio said she has talked to lifelong residents who have told her about Charles Town's heyday when movie theaters, dress shops and bakeries dotted downtown. DiServio said she wants to re-create that atmosphere, believing it would make an attractive place for families to spend their leisure hours.


"We'd like to see a return to that. I know they would like to see a return to that," DiServio said.

Russell C. Miller Jr. said he is running for the Third Ward council seat because he thinks it is important for the town to live within its means.

Miller, who owned and operated Miller Printing Co. on West Liberty Street for 30 years, said the city has to be run like a business.

The city has to be certain of its income, and spend it in a way that benefits the most people, "not a special few or special interest groups," he said.

Miller said about half of the city's budget goes to the police department, which concerns him.

Donald C. Boyer, the third candidate, declined to talk about some of the issues that have risen in the race.

Boyer said he is concerned that taxes are getting too high in town.

"I've been interested in it for a good while. My main concern is the citizens of Charles Town," said Boyer, who works for Berryville Graphics.

DiServio runs a commercial and residential interior decorating firm.

The three are running for an unexpired term of council member Mary Via, who said she is stepping down because she is too busy with other jobs.Randy Breeden is running unopposed in the First Ward, John Ward is running unopposed in the Second, Matt Ward is running unopposed for a second term representing the Third Ward and Bill Jordan is running unopposed for a Fourth Ward seat.

Also on the ballot is a proposed levy that would add another officer to the police department.

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