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Town of Hedgesville short on candidates in municipal election

March 16, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Four people have filed to run for five council seats in the Town of Hedgesville's municipal election in June, Recorder Terri T. Miskovsky said last week.

A write-in candidate must file for the open seat by April 21 to have votes for them counted, Miskovsky said in an e-mail about the town's June 2 vote.

Mayor Mary Sue Catlett is seeking election to a full, four-year term after being appointed in October 2006 to complete the unexpired term of Charles E. Mason. Mason resigned in August 2006 to take a job-related opportunity.

Catlett, Miskovsky and incumbent council members William "Bud" Donaldson, Peggy Gano and Cheryl Young filed for election to four-year terms in January.

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Ronnie Good, a former town recorder, also has filed for one of the open council seats, Miskovsky said.

Council members James Poisal did not seek re-election and Roy Berger decided not to run after being appointed in 2007.

Donaldson and Berger were appointed in January 2007 to fill council seats vacated by Catlett when she became mayor and that of Nicholas J. Hengmihle, who resigned after not being chosen to replace Mason.

Incorporated under the laws of Virginia in 1854, Hedgesville grew from a trading village in the gap of North Mountain for settlers moving west, according to historical accounts. The town had a population of 242 residents in 2007, according to U.S. Census estimates.

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