Plenty of choices for Morgan Co. voters in Tuesday's primary

May 02, 2006|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. ? Sixteen people are running for five available seats in the 2006 election. The outcome will be determined in one race May 9, and the primary winners in the other two races will be decided in November.

· Morgan County Board of Education: Six Morgan County Board of Education candidates are seeking three seats in the nonpartisan race, which will be decided at the primary election May 9.

The candidates are:

District 1: Margaret H. Zembower, incumbent, Paw Paw, W.Va.

District 2: Margaret B. Gordon, incumbent, Berkeley Springs

District 3: David R. Ambrose, Berkeley Springs; Jim Golden, Berkeley Springs; Bill Makinson, Berkeley Springs; and Larry Schultz, Berkeley Springs

The Board of Education has five members. At least one member must represent each of the three districts, but no more than two from each district can serve at one time. Board of Education members Larry Omps from District 1 and Laura Smith from District 2 will hold their seats until 2008.


The term length is four years, and the salary is $160 per meeting.

· Morgan County Commission: Five candidates are seeking one open position on the Morgan County Commission. The May 9 primary will determine which Republican and Democratic candidate will face off in the November general election.

The candidates are:

Carl O. Cowgill, 61, Paw Paw, W.Va., Republican

Brenda J. Hutchinson, 52, Great Cacapon, W.Va., Democrat

Wayne A. Omps, 52, Berkeley Springs, Republican

Roger D. Steiner Sr., 52, Great Cacapon, Republican

Tricia L. Strader, 36, Berkeley Springs, Republican

April Bautista-Mathias, a Democrat, withdrew from the race in March, but since the primary ballots were printed in February, her name will appear on the ballot.

This is a six-year position with an annual salary of $28,600. The seat is held by Democrat Bob Ford, who will not seek re-election and who has withdrawn his candidacy for the 51st District House of Delegates seat in the W.Va. Legislature.

The other two commission seats are held by Republicans Glen R. Stotler and Thomas R. Swaim, who are not up for election until 2008 and 2010.

· House of Delegates 51st District: Five candidates are running for the 51st House of Delegates seat in the West Virginia Legislature. The seat includes Morgan County and a portion of Hampshire County and is held by Del. Charles S. Trump IV, R-Morgan, who announced in December he would not seek re-election. The Republican and Democratic primary winners will face off in November.

The candidates are:

Abby Chapple, 66, Largent, W.Va., Republican

Daryl E. Cowles, 35, Berkeley Springs, Republican

Charles Downey Evert, 56, Paw Paw, W.Va., Democrat

Gary Lee Nelson, 62, Berkeley Springs, Democrat

George L. Sneathen, 47, Delray, W.Va., Republican

Bob Ford, a Democrat from Berkeley Springs, withdrew from the race, but his name will appear on the primary ballots since they were printed in February.

This is a two-year position with an annual salary of $15,000.

· State Senate 15th District: Walt Helmick, a Democrat from Marlinton, W.Va. in Pocahontas County, is running unopposed. Helmick was elected to the State Senate in 1990 and has been re-elected every four years. The annual salary is $15,000.

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