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Mayor, incumbents file for re-election

February 24, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With just a few days left to file, three of the seven Martinsburg City Council members have not yet filled out the paperwork required to seek re-election.

All seven council seats, plus the mayor's post, are up. Each serves four-year terms.

The election is scheduled for June 8.

Councilmen who had not yet filed by late Monday afternoon were Christopher Baker, Ward 1; Donald Anderson, at-large; and Glenville Twigg, Ward 5.

Candidates can file until Friday at City Hall. Paperwork that is mailed and postmarked on Saturday or earlier also will be accepted, said City Recorder Sharon Flick, who handles city elections.

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To run for office, city council candidates must obtain a petition signed by 25 registered voters within the city limits. Mayoral candidates must obtain 50 signatures, Flick said.

Five incumbents and two newcomers have filed to run for office.

Mayor George Karos, who served as a council member for years and was elected mayor four years ago, is seeking re-election. Karos, a Democrat, owns Patterson's Drug Store on Queen Street.

Those running for two at-large seats are incumbent Gregg Wachtel, a Democrat, of 1401 W. King St., and LaRue Virginia Frye, a Republican, of 601 S. Queen St.

The only person seeking the Ward 1 seat is newcomer Shari Knadler Persad, a Republican, of 714 Wilson St.

Richard L. Yauger, a Democrat, of 1102 Prentiss Point Parkway, is seeking re-election to his Ward 2 seat.

Max G. Parkinson, a Democrat, of 803 Honeysuckle Drive, is seeking re-election to his Ward 3 seat.

Roger Lewis, a Democrat, of 518 W. Burke St., is seeking re-election to his Ward 4 seat.

City residents who wish to vote must register by May 19. Polls on June 8 will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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