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19 vying for town seats in Bolivar

May 31, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

BOLIVAR, W.Va. -- The names of 12 men and seven women will fill the ballot Tuesday when voters head for the booths in the town's community center at 102 Panama St.

Nineteen candidates mean a lot of choices for the Jefferson County, W.Va., town of 1,140 residents. There are 830 registered voters in Bolivar. In the 2007 council election, 236 of them turned out to cast ballots. 

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The community center also serves as Town Hall. 

Voting is by paper ballots, each of which will be counted by hand after the polls close. When they finish the tally, poll workers will tape the results on the front door.

The 19-candidate slate includes three men running for mayor; nine men and six women running for five council seats; and one woman running for recorder.

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Incumbent Mayor Timothy Collins decided against another term after 12 years of service to his community.

His soon-to-be-vacant seat has drawn incumbent councilmen Robert J. Hardy and Ron Moltere, who are giving up council seats to run for mayor, and Scott Whetsell, a former three-term councilman. 

Town Recorder P. Jean Reed is running unopposed in her re-election bid.

Councilwomen Mary Rutherford and Donna Callar decided to step down this year.

Incumbent Councilman John Paul Heafer wants to keep his seat.

The other eight men running for council are Frank Donadio, Brad Roberts, Paul David Staubs Sr., Ron Thomas, Robby Cain, John Kusner, Dave Kardok and Mark McDonough.

The six women are Toni Milbourne, Alex Thomas, Tabby Jenkins, Kathy Kephart Garza, Victoria Lee Eckert and Helen Dettmer.

Ron Thomas and Alex Thomas are a father-daughter team.

This is their first run at politics. Alex Thomas, at 18, is the youngest candidate on the slate.

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