Race for mayor is the only contest in Bath

May 19, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Incumbent Town of Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster is trying to hold onto her position against Barbara Campbell, who is running against her for the second time.

Theirs is the only contested race in the June 9 election. 

Five candidates will fill the five open Bath Town Council seats. Three are incumbent Councilmen David Crosby, Scott Merki and Ryan Rebant. Former member Kenny Easton and newcomer Jim Slough are the other candidates. Council members Nancy Harvey and Dale Lutman did not run for re-election. 

The new council will form July 1.

Incumbent Irene Hedrick is running unopposed as town recorder. 

Early voting for the Town of Bath begins Wednesday at the Municipal Center on Wilkes Street and ends Saturday, June 6. Weekday voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Wednesdays, when the office closes at 1 p.m. Voting will also take place May 30 and June 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The two candidates for mayor were asked two questions. Here are their answers:


Susan J. Webster

Bath mayor since 1996   

551 Cacapon Road, Berkeley Springs

Age: 56           

Occupation: Self-employed local business owner since 1975

Q.: What is the most important issue facing the Town of Bath?         

My constituents' cost of living. We are faced with plummeting property values and rising property taxes. I have repeatedly pressed for and achieved stable tax rates for the Town of Bath and will continue to do so.           

My goal is to lower water rates in the Town of Bath. I recently battled with the West Virginia Public Service Commission in Charleston to achieve this. I was rebuffed, but will never give up. The PSC favored a very large industrial user rather than the people, and that doesn't sit well with me.

We are not immune to the nationwide concerns of supply and production of clean, drinkable water. These costs have to be met everywhere. My goal is to increase our usable production, stabilize future costs to my constituents and to stop subsidizing huge commercial users.       

Q.: Why should people vote for you?         

I have steadfastly stood up for the people of the Town of Bath with dedicated loyalty and faith that their trust in me is an honor. I have been recognized statewide for my professionalism in government and leadership abilities. I bring to my constituents a proven willingness to work hard, respond to their needs and to act in their behalf. I promise to never dissolve the charter of the historic Town of Bath.


Barbara Campbell

137 Hageman St., Berkeley Springs

Age: 54

Occupation: Landscaper/master gardener; chairs the Town of Bath Tree Board; Town of Bath Streetscape Committee member; board member of the Morgan County Observatory

Q.: What is the most important issue facing the Town of Bath?

The town charter specifies that the Town Council is the decision-making body, free to rule as they see fit. This appears not to have been followed in recent years. We need to ensure that this is once again the case -- to follow what our forefathers intended.       

Q.: Why should people vote for you?

I have demonstrated through the years my commitment to the community by being an active voice at Town Council meetings, and my example in participating in many committees and activities in town, as well as the county.


Election Day

Election day is Tuesday, June 9. Votes may be cast from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center.

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