Faircloth files for commission at last minute

January 28, 2006|By ROBERT SNYDER


A former state lawmaker filed a last-minute entry into the race to replace a departing Berkeley County commissioner, filling out an already crowded field of contenders.

Republican Larry Faircloth of Martinsburg, a 24-year veteran of the House of Delegates representing the 53rd District and a 2004 gubernatorial candidate, filed for the commission's open seat Friday.

Calling Berkeley County one of the state's few economic bright spots, Faircloth said help is needed to manage the pressure that growth and development have placed on the county's schools, roads, utilities and public employees.

"It's not like (growth problems) are something that's going to occur, it's something that's happening now," Faircloth said. "If you talk to people in this county, some believe too much is happening too fast."


Faircloth will run against a field of candidates that includes county water district Chairman Bill Stubblefield and former sewer district Chairman Bob Grove.

County parks board member Ted Morgan and Inwood resident Marty Kilmer also have filed for the three-member commission's open seat.

Realtor Sonny Brown filed this week for the Democratic nomination to the commission.

In Jefferson County, Republican Jane Tabb and Democrat Frances Morgan have filed for the single contested seat on the five-member commission.

A 30-year Jefferson County resident, Morgan is calling for a revision of the county's land-use regulations and said county officials need to better consider how growth pressures are affecting roads, schools and utilities.

Also in Jefferson County, as many as 10 candidates have emerged to vie for the four open seats on the Board of Education.

Challengers Susan Pellish and Sandy Collier of Shepherdstown, Peter Dougherty and Ed Johnson of Charles Town, Mariland Dunn Lee and Scott Sudduth of Middleway, and Gary Kable of Kabletown have filed for a seat on the five-member board, as have sitting members Lori R. Stilley, Delores Milstead and Cheryl Huff.

In Berkeley County, sitting members Pat Murphy, Rick Pill and Todd Beckwith each have filed for re-election to the Board of Education.

Magistrate Jim Humphrey has filed for election to the office he was appointed to in 2005 following the resignation of former Magistrate Kristy Dyroff.

In Morgan County, County Commission candidates are Democrat April Bautista-Mathias of Great Cacapon and Republicans Carl Cowgill of Paw Paw, Wayne Omps of Berkeley Springs and Roger Dale Steiner Sr. of Great Cacapon.

Board of Education candidates in Morgan County include Margaret H. Zembower of Paw Paw in Magisterial District 1, Margaret B. Gordon of Berkeley Springs in Magisterial District 2 and David R. Ambrose, Jim Golden, Bill Makinson and Larry Schultz, all of Berkeley Springs, in Magisterial District 3.

Prospective candidates still may file through the Secretary of State's office if their applications are postmarked by midnight Saturday.

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