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Councilman faces deadline for filing

February 28, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Councilman Chris Baker had not filed by 5 p.m. Friday for re-election, but his name still can appear on the June 8 ballot if the necessary paperwork is mailed and postmarked today.

City Recorder Sharon Flick, who handles elections, said she had not talked to Baker about whether he plans to seek another term on the council.

Baker, who currently is serving his first term, could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

Aside from Baker, all of the current city council members, along with Mayor George Karos, have filed the necessary paperwork to seek another term, Flick said. Two newcomers also have filed: Shari Knadler Persad and LaRue Virginia Frye, both Republicans.

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If Baker does not file, Persad would run unopposed for the Ward 1 council seat.

Also running unopposed as of Friday were Karos, a Democrat; Councilman Richard Yauger, a Democrat who represents Ward 2; Councilman Max Parkinson, a Democrat who represents Ward 3; Councilman Roger Lewis, a Democrat who represents Ward 4; and Councilman Glenville Twigg, a Democrat who represents Ward 5.

The only contested race will be for two at-large seats.

Seeking those seats are councilmen Gregg Wachtel and Donald Anderson, both Democrats, and Frye. The top two vote-getters will be elected, Flick said.

Council members and the mayor serve four-year terms, which will begin July 1.

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

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

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