MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council's all-male monopoly will be shattered on July 1 since a woman is running unopposed in the June 8 election for one of the council seats.
Shari Knadler Persad is the only person running for the Ward 1 seat held by Christopher Baker. Baker, who did not file paperwork to seek another term, could not be reached for comment.
A woman has not served on the council since 1996, said city recorder Sharon Flick.
Persad is one of two women seeking one of the seven council seats. The other, LaRue Virginia Frye, is running for one of the council's two at-large seats. She will face incumbents Gregg Wachtel and Donald Anderson, both Democrats.