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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Doug Copenhaver Jr.

April 26, 2010

Editor's note: As part of our coverage of the May 11 primary election, The Herald-Mail will run question-and-answer stories with the 12 candidates running for three open seats on the Berkeley County (W.Va.) Council.

The Republican and Democratic parties in the May 11 primary election for Berkeley County (W.Va.) Council each will be nominating three candidates from three magisterial districts for three open seats on County Council (formerly County Commission). The winning nominees must be the top vote-getter in their respective district and among the top three district winners to advance to the general election. The annual salary is $36,960.

Doug Copenhaver Jr.



Age:47

Party: Republican

Residence: Hedgesville, W.Va.

Profession:General contractor

Question No. 1: If elected, what would be your No. 1 priority in office? Why?

Answer: "We as a county council need to do our part in getting the economy back on track. I feel we can do this by promoting new and old businesses no matter how small or large. This will create jobs for people. Remember the government is not the only one that operates on a budget; your family has a budget to balance as well."

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Question No. 2: Given the county's substantial growth in the last 10 years, what must be done, if anything, to maintain, if not improve, the community's quality of life?

Answer: "Our growth peaked in 2005 with housing starts and was down by 75 percent in 2009. I do not find the growth of Berkeley County an issue at the present time. There are many counties in West Virginia losing population, which makes for an unstable community."

Question No. 3: What do you bring to the table that sets you apart from the other candidates?

Answer: "Being a lifelong resident and operating a business gives me an edge over most. I have listened and heard the needs of the majority, not the minority."

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