Stotler faces challenge from Dugan in Morgan County Commission race

October 21, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The race for an open seat on the Morgan County Commission is between Republican incumbent Glen R. Stotler and Democratic challenger Stacy Dugan.

This is Stotler's 24th year as commissioner, and he is seeking re-election on Nov. 4 for another six-year term. The annual salary is $35,640.

Glen R. Stotler

Age: 56

Address: 706 Monte Vista Lane, Berkeley Springs

Occupation: Attorney

Experience: Current commission president, 24 years as commissioner, four years on Board of Education and two years on Bath Town Council

Top issue: "The most important issue that will significantly affect our citizens is how we develop our land-use management policies. These policies must be adequate protection for individual property rights, balanced with the need to protect the beauty of our community and the quality of life we have always enjoyed. I am firmly on the record as being opposed to zoning, because it would impose tremendous building permit fees on every piece of property that is sold or transferred in this county and would make affordable housing for our residents a thing of the past."


How would you address the issue if elected? "Morgan County is a leader in this state in enacting a number of sound land-use management practices, such as subdivision regulations, improvement location permit ordinances and storm water and flood plain management regulations that help us preserve the character and integrity of our land. Also, the Land Use Management Committee, which I proposed and currently chair, is exploring whatever other options are available to us under the statutory authority granted to county governments."

Why should constituents vote for you? "The future of Morgan County is on the line, and we can't afford the luxury of an extended learning period for an inexperienced novice. Morgan County needs a commissioner who knows what it takes to move ahead with the many projects and issues already on the table and meets the challenges we face from day one. My record as a committed public servant is open for the citizens to see, my leadership is proven, and my experience in county government runs deep. If re-elected, I will continue to serve the people of Morgan County with the same unwavering commitment and hard work I have always provided."

Stacy A. Dugan

Age: 38

Address: 401 S. Laurel Ave., Berkeley Springs

Occupation: Director of Nutrition Services at War Memorial Hospital

Experience: 17 years management experience; Certified Dietary Manager's Certificate; bachelor's degree

Top issue: "The No. 1 issue is open government. The current commission is run by the majority of two with the interests of a few select people in mind. I am passionate about making sure Morgan County gets a government where the citizens are kept well-informed and have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. We need to plan for the future and enact policies that enhance the quality of our lives."

How would you address the issue if elected? "The county budget needs to be examined and tax rates adjusted to provide relief in times of rapidly increasing property values. Poor management by county officials should not automatically result in tax increases on working and retired people. We need to commit to selling the hospital and commit to using the funds to pay off the new courthouse debt."

Why should constituents vote for you? "The people will have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. A great deal of untapped talent is in Morgan County, and I will use the talents of everyone to help make the correct decisions. I will be a citizen servant who is use to working hard. I have worked more than 20 years at the hospital, while raising a family of three. I have volunteered at church, hospital and school functions, plus attended night school and distant learning to achieve a bachelor of science degree. I know what it is like to work hard and balance the checkbook at the end of the month. Morgan County needs a commissioner that understands the struggles of the citizens."

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