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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Bonn "Buzz" Poland

April 28, 2010
  • Bonn A. "Buzz" Poland

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.

Bonn "Buzz" Poland


Party: Democrat

Residence: Martinsburg, W.Va.

Profession: Owner, The Union Sales Co.

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

Answer: "My first priority would be to listen to the concerns of my constituents and then work closely with my fellow councilmen on the issues at hand. By working hard to understand all points of view and developing a clear path of communication, I can effectively address issues as they arise."


Question No. 1: 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: "As Berkeley County continues to grow, I will work to maintain the great quality of life we have come to expect in this area. Important issues will be improved traffic flow, better and safer drinking water and wastewater disposal, increased recreational facilities for young and seniors, and expanding job opportunities."

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

Answer: "As a retiring businessman and member of numerous local boards, I will have the time (and experience) to give this position my full-time attention."

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