Jefferson County resident running for county commission

December 18, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Running on a platform that seeks a balance between population growth, public services and the expansion of green space, Tom Trumble has announced his candidacy for the Jefferson County Commission.

Trumble will run as a Democrat in the May 11 primary election for the commission seat representing the Shepherdstown, W.Va., district.

The seat currently is held by James G. Knode, who has said he will not seek re-election.

Trumble already has been involved in county government by serving on the county commission's affordable housing committee and working as the chairperson of the Jefferson County Board of Education's science and technology committee. In his role on that committee, Trumble co-wrote a state Economic Development Grant Committee request that netted $6 million for the local school system.


Trumble also is a member of the Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals and is on the board of directors for Jefferson County Preservation Alliance to Save Our Heritage, an organization that has been trying to save the old Jefferson County Jail from demolition.

There are many complex issues facing the county, and Trumble said one of the questions voters need to ask themselves is which candidates have the ability to successfully manage the county.

Trumble said he has the needed background.

Before Trumble retired and moved to the county with his wife in 1999, he was vice president for science information systems at Quantum Research Corp.

Trumble said he helped the firm, which assisted organizations in building computer systems, become one of the fastest growing companies in Maryland in the 1990s.

Trumble said one of the reasons he is running for the county commission is because he wants the county to be an attractive place for his children and grandchildren to live. Among the qualities Trumble wants to see are good schools and good jobs that will not be moved from the county.

To ensure public services such as schools are not overburdened, Trumble said he thinks the county needs to consider an adequate facilities ordinance, a law that would control growth in order to allow public services to keep up with demand.

Trumble said striking a balance between growth and public services is important for other efforts, including economic development.

Companies are going to be less inclined to move to the county if schools are overcrowded and roads are congested, Trumble said.

Trumble also supports consideration of a bond issue to generate more money for farmland protection and acquiring land along the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers for parks.

"Jefferson County is at a crossroads and the County Commission will play a crucial role in determining the direction we choose to follow. Those of us who love this county must be energized and committed to meeting the double challenge of protecting our historic and beautiful community, while determining the direction of future growth," Trumble said in a news release.

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