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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Matthew Barney

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.

Matthew Barney



Age: 31

Party: Democrat

Residence: Inwood, W.Va.

Profession: Appraiser, Jefferson County assessor's office

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

Answer: "If elected, my priority will be the effective and efficient use of county resources in encouraging positive growth and building community. Improved communication within county government and continual outreach to citizens will ensure that taxpayer dollars and the expertise of elected officials and their departments are put to good use."

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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: "Economic growth and preservation of Berkeley County as a unique and wonderful place to live do not have to be competing goals. Accomplishing both simply requires creative efforts to promote and protect our natural and historical resources and to encourage the success of local businesses."

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

Answer: "I have valuable work experience in county government that together with passion and drive will allow me to bring new ideas for bettering Berkeley County."

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