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Widmyer announces run for Jefferson Co. Commission

November 12, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Democrat Lyn Widmyer has filed to run next year for the Jefferson County Commission seat held by Greg Corliss.

Widmyer, 59, of 1434 Cattail Run Road, said she filed for the Harpers Ferry district seat Tuesday.

Commission terms are six years and the salary is $30,800.

Officials in the Jefferson County Clerk's Office confirmed last week that Widmyer had filed to run.

Corliss' term is up next year and Widmyer will run in the Democratic primary election next May.

Corliss said Sunday he has decided not to run for re-election and said Widmyer appears to be a "well-qualified candidate."

Widmyer said this is the first time she has run for public office in Jefferson County.

Widmyer formally announced her candidacy Sunday at C.W. Tiffins restaurant on Liberty Street. Widmyer said she feels the county is at a crossroads and in danger of becoming a "nameless" suburban bedroom community of Washington, D.C. Widmyer said she thinks one of the county's priorities must be putting roads and utilties where the county wants growth.

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Widmyer has closely followed local growth issues over the years and writes a column for the Herald-Mail.

Widmyer, who has worked as a land planner in Montgomery County, Md., said last May that a suit that was filed against several county residents over their objection to a subdivision near the Shenandoah River perpetuates the perception of "us against them" in Jefferson County.

Widmyer said there is frequently a "hostile" environment in the county's growth debate.

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