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Four show interest in vacant Martinsburg City Council post

January 15, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four Ward 1 residents in the City of Martinsburg have submitted letters of interest or résumés to be the district's new council person, according to a memo City Recorder Sharon Flick has distributed to Mayor George Karos and City Council.

The four are:

· Jason W. Baker of 735 W. John St.

· Mildred Dunmire of 713 Faulkner Ave.

· Dennis J. Etherington of 501 S. Georgia Ave.

· Thomas A. Parker of 836 New York Ave.

The one chosen will be expected to complete the unexpired term of Shari Persad, who announced her resignation last month.

Karos is expected to announce Persad's replacement on Thursday during a special council meeting.

The person selected is expected to serve until June 31, 2008, when all city elected officeholders' terms expire. The city election is scheduled for June 10.

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Elected in 2004, Persad stepped down to comply with state personnel rules for employees of the state court system. Persad has worked as Berkeley County Magistrate Jo Ann Overington's assistant since Jan. 1, 2005, which state officials said presented a potential conflict of interest to her elected position.

Persad was the second member of City Council to leave office last year.

Donald Anderson, who held an at-large seat on council, stepped down in October because of health reasons.

Retired educator Rodney Woods was appointed in December to replace Anderson. Woods was one of 16 candidates, including Baker and fellow Ward 1 resident Joseph F. Grimes, to express interest in the council seat. Grimes, of 417 S. Tennessee Ave., did not reapply for the ward seat vacancy.

Individuals interested in running for city council and mayor can file from Feb. 1 to 28, according to Flick.

Along with a filing fee, candidates for council must file a petition with 25 signatures, while mayoral candidates must collect 50 signatures.

More information about the city's election can be obtained by contacting Flick at 304-264-2131.

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