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Charles Town picks council members

May 25, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Two of three Charles Town City Council candidates who were sensitive to preserving the city's history, revitalizing the downtown area and being cautious about annexation practices were elected to the council in Thursday's city election, according to complete unofficial results.

Incumbent council member Lacie Mumaw squeaked past the third candidate by two votes.

Ann Paonessa and MaryLois Gannon-Miller were the other winners.

Ruth McDaniel was unopposed for the Ward I council seat and received 378 votes, the most of the seven candidates.

Paonessa collected 264 votes compared to the 240 votes going to Mark Meredith for the Ward III council seat, Gannon-Miller received 272 votes, compared to the 205 votes going to incumbent Timothy Robinson for the Ward II seat and Mumaw received 250 votes to beat Micheal Slover and his 248 votes in the race the Ward IV seat, according to returns.

The election canvass will be on May 29.

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Mumaw of 536 S. Seminary St., and Meredith decided to run as a team because they agreed on many issues. They stood for issues like a business-friendly atmosphere in town.

Paonessa, 37, of 536 S. Mildred Street, said in her campaign she will be sensitive to preserving the historical nature of downtown and wants to see a "graceful growth" pattern for the city.

Gannon-Miller, 51, of 502 S. George St., also said she is concerned about the city's historic setting and said she wanted to work with the city's existing resources, such as redeveloping former commercial areas, sometimes referred to as "brownfields."

Slover, 35, of 207 S. Church St., said he wants to help create a vibrant downtown and does not want to get involved in a "land grab" contest with other cities.

McDaniel, 70, of 546 Eagle Ave., said she wants to see that the African-American and senior citizen communities have a voice in city government.

Ward I



Ruth McDaniel - 378

Ward II



MaryLois Gannon-Miller - 272

Timothy Robinson - 205

Ward III



Ann Paonessa - 264

Mark Meredith - 240

Ward IV



Lacie Mumaw - 250

Michael Slover - 248

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