Widmyer, Noland win in Jefferson Commission races

November 05, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Democrat Lyn Widmyer easily defeated her two competitors for the Harpers Ferry seat on the Jefferson County Commission in Tuesday's election and Democrat Patricia A. "Patsy" Noland waged a decisive win over Republican Frank Kubic in the race for the Kabletown district seat, according to complete, unofficial returns.

With all 31 precincts reporting, Widmyer collected 9,604 votes compared to the 5,687 votes for Republican Melodie Williams and 6,005 votes for Independent candidate Paul L. Ashbaugh, according to returns.

Noland had 13,195 votes over the 7,763 votes going to Kubic, according to returns.

A relieved Widmyer said in the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday night said she thinks county residents now want county commissioners who will work together for the good of the community.

"And that's what I intend to do. I'm thrilled," Widmyer said.

Noland, 61, of 48 Douglas Drive, Charles Town, said she was troubled by the number of studies the commission has paid for, like two studies to determine how pay for county employees should be structured.


All the commission had to do was to compare salaries at government jobs in surrounding areas to determine what county employees should be paid, Noland said.

Widmyer, 60, of 1434 Cattail Road, Charles Town, said she had been doing a lot of door-to-door campaigning and many people were worried about the economic slump the county and the country is in.

But Widmyer said she has been telling county residents that the county will come out of the country's economic crisis and when it does, "we better have a clear vision what the county will look like."

Widmyer said the suburban sprawl that has occurred in the county must stop because it serves no one well.

Terms for county commission are six years and the pay is $30,800 a year.

All voters in the county were able to cast ballots in the two races.

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