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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: James "Jim" Whitacre

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.

James "Jim" Whitacre

Age: 48

Party: Republican

Residence: Martinsburg, W.Va.

Profession: Self-employed excavating contractor/ property manager

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


Answer: "Listen to the people, and their issues with the operations of the county, try to find the common ground, study the options, and make informed decisions. There is always more than one way to achieve a solution. I would continue to provide the citizens with our excellent education system, law enforcement and emergency services, just to name a few."

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 continue to grow industrial and commercial programs to encourage new business and clean technology. This also comes with the help of our legislators and senators in Charleston, W.Va., and Washington D.C. To improve the quality of live, I would look to the citizens for their help and continued support and strive to find ways to make Berkeley County the best place to live and raise a family."

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

Answer: "Willingness, innovation and experience."

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