Noland announces bid for Jefferson Co. Commission

December 14, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Patsy Noland announced Thursday she will run for the Kabletown District seat on the Jefferson County Commission next year.

Noland, 61, said one reason why she is running for the seat held by Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan is because she is concerned about where the county is heading.

Noland, who is running as a Democrat, said she is concerned about the county getting involved in preservation of historic land such as Civil War battlefields and she doesn't agree with the county spending money to create new governmental departments.

Noland said she thinks the county could have added more staff to accomplish their goals rather than creating new departments.

She also said that preservation of historic land is not a role for the county commission.

The commission has been considering ways to preserve a Civil War battlefield near Shepherdstown.

"I am seeking the office of Jefferson County Commissioner because I want to make a difference. I care very much about the future of Jefferson County and our citizens," Noland said in a press release.


Noland said she wants to work to find solutions to the county's growth problems, and said the county must work to resolve problems relating to traffic congestion, police, fire and ambulance services.

Noland has been involved in politics since 1983, when she was elected as a Jefferson County magistrate. She served as magistrate until 1994, when she was appointed to the Circuit Clerk position.

It has been like a game of musical chairs as local candidates have decided to move out of some political positions and try running for other ones. Morgan said earlier this week he will run for a state Senate seat.

Other candidates for commission include Steven Pace and Lyn Widmyer, who are running for Commissioner Greg Corliss' seat. Corliss is not running for re-election.

Also running for the Kabletown District commission seat is Frank Kubic.

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