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Ross, Barnes seek W.Va. Senate seat

October 23, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Incumbent Republican Sen. Clark Barnes is trying to hold on to his 15th District state Senate seat that he won four years ago from Democrat Mike Ross, who is running against him in the Nov. 4 general election.

The four-year term comes with a new salary of $20,000 beginning Jan. 1. Barnes and Ross are both from Randolph County.

The 15th District is massive, encompassing all of Morgan, parts of Berkeley and Grant counties, and all of Hampshire, Hardy, Pendleton, Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

Clark Barnes

Age: 58

Address: 1105 Harrison Ave., Elkins, W.Va.

Occupation: Businessman

Party: Republican

Top issue facing Morgan County? "I believe the people of Morgan County have a basic distrust of government. They often feel 'out of touch' with their elected officials. We must do everything we can to ensure that their voices are heard and their opinions are respected. Federal interference in state's rights (such as electrical and gas transmissions lines) have ignited a strong resentment toward government bureaucracy."


Why should Morgan County citizens vote for you? "Regular meetings with Eastern Panhandle officials have kept me abreast of issues facing Morgan County. Regular visits to Berkeley Springs allows me a sense of belonging, understanding the unique heritage, rich history, and special challenges faced by residents and elected officials."

Mike Ross

Age: 70

Address: P.O. Box 219, Coalton, W.Va.

Occupation: Self-employed

Background: First elected senator of 15th District in 1992 and served until 2004.

Party: Democrat

Top issue facing Morgan County? "Lack of infrastructure, industry, jobs ... (the county) needs more co-operation within government agencies."

Why should Morgan County citizens vote for you? "I am accessible to the citizens, I respond to phone calls and letters. I have a proven record of success in business and serving in the state Senate for 12 years. I have the ability to bring people together and work out problems, and I have the time to be a full-time senator."

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