Shepherdstown voters head to polls Tuesday

June 02, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherdstown voters on Tuesday will decide who will run town government for the next two years.

Voters will chose between Jim Auxer and John Mathews for mayor, and they can chose from seven candidates to fill five seats on Shepherdstown Town Council.

Mayor Lance Dom is not running for re-election, but instead will run against John D. Meeker for recorder.

Running for the five council seats are incumbents Wanda Grantham Smith, Howard Mills and Stuart Wallace. The other candidates are Mason Waleski, Thomas Martin, Lori Robertson and Chris Crawford.

The mayor earns $2,000 a year and the rest of the positions pay $1,200.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Entler Hotel at the corner of German and Princess streets. Early voting concluded Saturday.


Auxer, 61, of 108 E. New St., was mayor from 2000 to 2004 and is filling out a town council vacancy. Auxer also serves as town magistrate and street commissioner.

Auxer said it is important for the town to balance its budget without relying too much on revenue from Charles Town Races & Slots. He said it is important to control spending to protect town residents on fixed incomes.

Mathews was the town's zoning officer, but council members removed him from his position after Dom said there had been problems with Mathews acting in a condescending and arrogant manner in town hall.

Mathews said the council was misled by the situation and said he wants to be mayor to open the town to more citizen input, to protect the town from suburban sprawl and continue work on a streetscape project.

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