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Jefferson County commissioner to run for state Senate

December 12, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan announced Tuesday he will pass on another run for the commission and instead set his sights on the state Senate.

Morgan, whose first six-year term on the commission expires next year, said he will run for the 16th District Senate seat held by John Yoder, who has decided to run for a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge position.

Morgan, 64, said in a press release that he decided to run for state Senate because his experience on the commission has convinced him that Jefferson and Berkeley counties cannot deal with growth problems they face until they win greater control over their affairs in Charleston, W.Va.

Morgan said trust is another major issue regarding state issues, and citizens in Jefferson and Berkeley counties must be able to trust that their elected officials will represent their concerns in a "faithful, consistent and professional manner."

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"Right now, we have little or no control over the major infrastructure issues that affect the current and future welfare of our citizens, such as funding for schools, roads, and sewers. The state takes our property taxes and income taxes, as well as the revenue from Charles Town Races & Slots, and gives us very little in return," Morgan said in the release.

Morgan said he also is concerned about antiquated state tax laws and how they make it hard for the state to attract new businesses.

Morgan said he went to Charleston last weekend and met with many state legislators to get a feel for the job.

"I felt completely at home," he said.

Morgan, 64, was elected to the county commission in 2002 along with fellow Commissioner Greg Corliss and they did not waste any time bringing some of their growth control proposals to the table when they first joined the commission.

Corliss has said he will not run again.

Also filing for the 16th Senate seat have been Democrat Herb Snyder of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., Republican Bob Adams of Charles Town and Ronald Moltere of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., according to the West Virginia Secretary of State Web site.

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