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Harpers Ferry mayor faces opposition

June 07, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Mayor Walton "Kip" Stowell will face opposition in today's muncipal election from a former Town Council member who says not enough work is being done to raise police officer salaries and get more grant money for the town.

"We get good police officers in here, then they leave," said dentist Bob Johnson, who served on the council under former Mayors Bradley Nash and Bill Brawley.

Johnson said there is a lot of grant money available to the town for improvement projects, but there is no effort to obtain it.

Stowell, who is completing his second two-year term, could not be reached for comment about Johnson's statements.

Earlier in the day, Stowell said he wants to stay in office to help oversee an enlargement of the Harpers Ferry Post Office.

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Stowell said he also wants to enter into a partnership with the U.S. Park Service to acquire the CSX railroad station on Potomac Street.

Stowell said he thinks CSX is losing interest in the building, and he wants to make sure it remains a viable station.

Six people, including four incumbents are running for five council seats. The incumbents are Linda Rago, Dan Riss, Peter Bradford and Carole Carter.

The other two council candidates are John Hughes, who is currently the town recorder and Frieda Kidwell.

Nancy Spencer is running for the recorder position.

Voting will be conducted at the Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church at 601 Washington St.

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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