Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Eric C. Carper

April 29, 2010
  • Eric C. Carper

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 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.

Eric C. Carper

Age: 36

Party: Republican

Residence: Martinsburg, W.Va.

Profession: Principle broker, Power Mortgage & Financial Solutions

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


Answer: "I'd strive to make the local government realize common sense goes a long way. Each and every citizen of this community deserves to be heard and addressed ... not just a select few. I believe the opinion of the masses is much better served than the opinion of a few elected individuals.

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: "The county's growth was predicated on the housing boom alone ... this is not the best way to structure a strong community. Jobs need to be available for these individual committing to 30 years of mortgage payments in order to make their payments. We need industry, factories and all business to see why Berkeley County is the best place to house their companies."

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

Answer: "I am born and raised in Berkeley County. I come from a long line of farmers, construction workers and hard working people. I bring a fresh, no nonsense, commonsense approach to government."

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