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Woman to run for 51st District

February 28, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Hampshire County, W.Va., woman has announced she is seeking election to the West Virginia House of Delegates 51st District position.

Abby Chapple, a Republican, lives in Hampshire County close to the Morgan County line in the Largent, W.Va. area. The 51st District includes Morgan County and part of Hampshire County.

Veteran lawmaker Charles Trump said last year he would not seek re-election to represent the 51st District.

Chapple said she was influenced to run by many residents who told her they had no one to vote for. Her campaign slogan is "New Face, New Ideas: Traditional Values."

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Chapple, 66, said she has many reasons for running for the 51st District.

"Because I'm in support of the environment, job creation and reduced taxes by tax relief - in many cases across the board," she said.

"The food tax should be eliminated," Chapple said.

Chapple said her "No. 1 issue is to establish initiative, referendum and recall to increase voters' rights." She said a referendum regarding the construction of a U.S. 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs is needed.

She said she supports hunters and is licensed to carry a gun.

"I grew up in the country, and at a young age I carried a rifle or shotgun when I needed to."

She said the environment is very important and she wants to protect it.

"It is no longer hugging trees and kissing frogs. It affects jobs and is a health and safety issue."

Chapple and her husband, David Walker, moved from Annapolis to Hampshire County 11 years ago, she said, and has been very active in the community.

She served as president of Friends of the Cacapon River and initiated a river cleanup, was a board member of Travel Berkeley Springs, the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition.

Chapple serves on the boards of the Potomac Headwaters RC&D Council, and the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and is a member of the Morgan County Rural Water Committee.

She said she was a reporter/editor with The Washington Star in Washington, D.C., for 15 years and received an award from the Reagan administration regarding a story she wrote on a health and safety issue, she said.

Chapple said she received a White House appointment under Ronald Reagan and served as special assistant to the chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission from 1982 to 1985.

Also running for the seat are Democrats Charles Downey Evert, Robert L. "Bob" Ford and Gary Lee Nelson; and Republicans Daryl E. Cowles and George Sneathen.

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