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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Ken Mattson

April 29, 2010
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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. They began Monday and conclude Monday. If you miss one of the stories, go to our website at http://www.herald-mail.com 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.

Ken Mattson



Age: 40

Party: Democrat

Residence: Gerrardstown, W.Va.

Profession: Farrier

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

Answer: "To go over the budget of Berkeley County with a fine-toothed comb.To stop the wasteful and irresponsible spending that has been the habit of this and past commissions. This will bring trust and competence back to the commission. We work for the people and they deserve better."

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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: "To make sure we obtain the infrastructure to support the growth in our county. Our police and fire departments are underfunded. We need to make sure they have the equipment and personnel to do the job.We also need to preserve our historical and environmental heritage."

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

Answer: "Duty, honor and service. I am not a developer with an agenda, nor a politician. I am a person that genuinely cares about this county."

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