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Bolivar, W.Va., mayor says his health will keep him out of race

February 01, 2001

Bolivar, W.Va., mayor says his health will keep him out of race



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


BOLIVAR, W.Va. - After 24 years as mayor of this small town, Mayor Paul Courtney is hanging it up.

Courtney, 76, decided not to run for re-election in the town's June 5 race due to health reasons.

In addition to his long stint as mayor, Courtney also served on the Town Council for 17 years.

"That's a long time," Courtney said Wednesday.

Many people in town are sad to see Courtney stepping down, and want him to reconsider by running as a write-in candidate, said Recorder Bob Hardy.

Timothy Collins, a current member of the town council, is the sole candidate running for the mayor's seat.

Hardy has also decided to step down as recorder. Sherry Cain is running for his position.

There are nine candidates running for the five candidate seats.The incumbents in the race are Ronald Rodgers, John Heafer and Robert Stewart. The other council candidates are Jenny Buell, Russell Nesteff, Scott Whetsel, Joe Impertore, Alvin Manuel and Eric Eiseman.

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The neighboring town of Harpers Ferry will hold its municipal electon June 12.

Mayor Walton "Kip" Stowell, who is finishing his second, two-year term, will face competition from Jim Addy.

Harpers Ferry is also losing a long-time representative this year. Town Council member Linda Rago decided not to run again.

Incumbents running for re-election on the five-seat council are Peter Bradford, John Hughes, Dan Riss and Frieda Kidwell. The other candidates are Bob DuBose, Charlotte Thompson and Tony Catanese.

Nancy Spencer is running unopposed for recorder.

Elected officials in both towns serve two-year terms.

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