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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: William "Bill" Norris

April 28, 2010
  • William H. "Bill" Norris

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.

William H. "Bill" Norris

Age: 56

Party: Democrat

Residence: Inwood, W.Va.

Occupation: Business owner

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

Answer: "My first priority will be to sit down with county officials and employees to let them know that I want to listen and work with them to solve issues. With better communication from the start, they can expect from me what I expect from them -- respect, honesty and professionalism."


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: "We must do a better job of planning for the future and spending taxpayers' money wisely. In addition to reducing spending, we must look for ways to increase revenues without burdening the taxpayers. The key is accountability and working together for what is best for Berkeley County."

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

Answer: "My 13 years of service as a school board member has prepared me to deal with the budget and growth issues facing Berkeley County."

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