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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: R. Klaus Heitmann

April 27, 2010
  • R. Klaus Heitmann
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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.

R. Klaus Heitmann



Age: 52

Party: Democrat

Residence: Martinsburg, W.Va.

Profession: Information systems manager

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

Answer: "Implementation of zoning. We could collect impact fees on new development. The decision for allowing or denying the North Mountain strip mine could have been kept within Berkeley County and not in Charleston, W.Va. We'd have more control over developers and large landowners by limiting their ability to negatively impact their neighbors."

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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: "Zoning. Improvement of our education system. Dealing with student overcrowding and infrastructure. Retaining qualified teachers. (Are their salaries competitive?) Are our libraries keeping up with county demand? What can be done to expand the usefulness of Pan-Tran? What would it take to implement a bottle deposit program?"

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

Answer: "I'm not running to protect the interests of developers, contractors, businesses or large landowners. I'm running to protect the interests of the rest of us."

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