Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Ronald Collins

May 03, 2010
  • Ronald Collins

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, April 26, and conclude Monday, May 3.

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.

Ronald Collins

Age: 70

Party: Republican

Residence: Gerrardstown, W.Va.

Profession: Berkeley County Commissioner

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

Answer: "To maintain our operations and provide services to Berkeley County residents would be my No. 1 priority should I be re-elected. This county is going through a two-year period of declining revenue and increasing cost due to reassessment of real estate. We are going to have to be very innovative in how we handle our finances."


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: "Growth has stopped in Berkeley County on the residential side. Now we are in maintain-our-economy mode. If we have any chance of moving forward, we will have to depend on securing commercial business for the county. That tax revenue can help offset our losses on the residential side."

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

Answer: "Experience. I have been a commissioner for five years. I have 40 years of experience in the business world. Berkeley County government is operated like a business."

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