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Town elections are slated in Bolivar, Ranson on Tuesday

June 06, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Voters in the Jefferson County communities of Bolivar and Ranson will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in city elections.

In Bolivar, Mayor Tim Collins will face opposition from Ed Hall.

Collins, who has been mayor for four years and was on the Bolivar Town Council for four years, said he is seeking re-election because he wants to continue the work he has started.

Collins said he wants to work on a stormwater management plan for Bolivar. Recent development in the area has affected natural water flow in the town, and there are problems with standing water, Collins said.

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Hall, who ran unsuccessfully against former Mayor Paul Courtney about 15 years ago, said some members of town council asked him to run for mayor. If elected mayor, Hall said he wants to head up an effort to have detailed plans for any future housing development in town.

Pay for mayor will be $3,000 a year starting July 1. Council members will be paid $2,400 a year. Town recorder will earn $4,200.

All voting will be conducted from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bolivar Community Center on Panama Street.

Seven candidates are running for five council seats in the Bolivar election.

Incumbents seeking re-election are John Paul Hafer, Robert "Bob" Hardy, Mary Rutherford and Bob Stewart. The other council candidates are Carrie Ellen Gauthier, Elizabeth Kerwin-Nisbet and Donna Howe Callar. P. Jean Reed is unopposed for recorder.

In Ranson, Mayor David Hamill is running unopposed for mayor. Hamill has held the job for 18 years.

Duke Pierson is running unopposed for the at-large council seat and council member Kim Bittle is facing opposition from Sonny Carroll, Hamill said.

Council members earn $2,400 a year in Ranson and the mayor is paid $4,800 a year.

Tuesday's voting in Ranson will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall at the corner of Third Avenue and Mildred Street.

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