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Cowles to run for House seat

January 09, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA.

trishr@herald-mail.com

Daryl E. Cowles of Berkeley Springs announced his candidacy last month for the W.Va. House of Delegates 51st District, a seat currently held by Del. Charles S. Trump IV, R-Morgan, who will not seek re-election in 2006.

Cowles, 35, is a Republican. He said he was disappointed Trump is not running, but "it is a great opportunity to do some work for Morgan County."

He was elected to the Morgan County Republican Executive Committee in 2002 and serves as its chairman. He has been vice president of the Morgan County Planning Commission since 2000. Cowles said he was appointed to the planning commission by the Morgan County commissioners and was elected to serve as vice president by its board members.

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He also serves on the board of directors of the Morgan County-Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce.

He said he is familiar with the legislature in Charleston, W.Va., since he is a member of the W.Va. State Republican Executive Committee.

Cowles said, "Tax relief for regular folks is a main concern of mine for our citizens, specifically eliminating the food tax."

He said he supports the regional pay idea for Eastern Panhandle teachers and state employees "so the salaries are competitive."

Since 1991, Cowles has worked with his father and brother in the family business, Cowles & Sons Construction Inc. of Berkeley Springs. He became its president in 2001, he said.

He was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Morgan County in 1975. He attended Greenwood Elementary School and graduated from Berkeley Springs High School.

Cowles is married and has two children, ages 7 and 12.

"The idea of serving the citizens is exciting and positive. Many things that impact our daily lives happen at the state level," Cowles said.

The 51st District includes Morgan County and part of Hampshire County. The 2006 primary election is May 9.

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