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Charles Town City Council election is Thursday

May 23, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.

Voters will get their last chance Thursday to cast ballots for candidates for four seats on the Charles Town City Council.

Early voting was available to residents from May 4 to 21. City Clerk Joe Cosentini said 216 early votes were cast. Nine absentee ballots were filed, he said.

The early-voting ballots will be counted with the others in Thursday's election, Cosentini said.

Voting will be conducted from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Charles Town Visitors Center beside the Jefferson County Courthouse on George Street.

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Seven candidates are running for four council seats, although one candidate, Ruth McDaniel, is running unopposed for the Ward I seat.

Mark Meredith is running against Ann Paonessa for the Ward III seat; Tim Robinson faces MaryLois Gannon-Miller for the Ward II seat; and incumbent Lacie Mumaw is running against Michael Slover for the Ward IV seat.

Although the candidates' platforms focus largely on growth issues like annexation, downtown business development and protecting historic areas, they also touch on topics like affordable housing and crime prevention.

City council terms are four years. Council members are paid $2,400 a year.

The seats belonging to Mayor Peggy Smith and council members Amy Schmitt, Sandy Slusher McDonald, Don Clendening and Geraldine Willingham will be up for election in 2009.

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