Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Elaine C. Mauck

April 29, 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. They began Monday, run through Friday and finish on Monday. If you miss one of the stories, go to our website at and click on Tristate elections.

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.

Elaine C. Mauck

Age: 63

Party: Republican

Residence: Martinsburg, W.Va.

Occupation: Certified appraiser/Antique shop owner

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


Answer: "Because of fixed incomes, I wouldtry to control the increasing taxes and fees. I would work with both the city/county governments to become more business-friendly and to aggressively pursue new industry. More business means more jobs and commercial taxes which will lower the residential financial load."

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: "Quality-of-life issues include clean waterways and recreational space. Clean water is the basis for health or future residential/industrial growth. I would work with the sewer authority to correct spillage problems. Further, Berkeley County owns property that could be added to linear trails, bike paths or fishing areas."

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

Answer: "Besides being an educator, I have served on state and local committees in health, recreation and finance. I have lobbied and marched to get bills passed in the West Virginia Legislature."

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