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Milstead to face Smith for Jefferson Commission

May 10, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Delores Milstead, a strong proponent for controlled residential growth in Jefferson County, won the five-way Democratic primary, to become her party's nominee for an open seat on the Jefferson County Commission Tuesday, according to unofficial returns.

Milstead gathered 1,073 votes in the race, according to unofficial returns.

Bill Hoak had 688 votes, Robert W. Dodson had 613 votes, Robert E. "Bobby" Ott had 768 votes and David Morgan Smith had 363 votes, according to returns.

Milstead will face Republican Jane Smith in the general election for the Middleway seat.

The race for commission was a reflection of the recent debates in county commission and board of education meetings about how residential growth should be managed in the county.

With the announcement of plans for three major housing developments in the county this year, including the proposed 3,300-home Hunt Field development, there has been concern about how the county will be able to provide services for the people who will live in the developments.

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All five Democratic candidates for the county commission, as well as Tabb, offered ideas about how to prepare the county for residential growth.

Milstead, 57, of Middleway, said residential growth does not pay for itself. Therefore, residential housing needs to be controlled to keep tax increases to a minimum, she said.

Milstead, who is an independent contractor for a commercial building company, said the county needs to concentrate on attracting new industry and preserving farmland rather than promoting residential growth because of the burden it places on schools.

The incumbent, Edgar Ridgeway, did not seek re-election for the Middleway seat, which pays a salary of $27,000.

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