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Berkeley County Council candidate Q&A: Phil Martin

May 03, 2010
  • Phil Martin

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.

Phil Martin

Age: 62

Party: Republican

Residence: Martinsburg, W.Va.

Occupation: Retired fire chief

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

Answer: "Make sure everything coming before the Berkeley County Council is handled in an absolute fair manner. Make sure everyone coming before the council is treated with the utmost respect, regardless of whether they have lived in Berkeley County for one day or 100 years. Because trust in government must be created."


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 make sure that greediness never again moves into our county. I have no problem with folks having money, as long as it's not used to pressure or bully our citizens. If we ever get close to an overinflated bubble again, the council must deflate it prior to bursting."

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

Answer: "Forty-eight years of emergency service experience in Berkeley County. Trying very hard to earn the respect of and showing respect for every one I meet."

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