CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — This is the year of biennial town council elections for Charles Town, Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, and all three municipalities have slates filled and ready for voters.
The filing deadline was Jan. 31.
Charles Town voters go to their polls May 26 to pick four of the eight town council members whose four-year-terms expire this year. Terms for Mayor Peggy Smith and four council members run for two more years.
Council members are elected by wards. The mayor runs at large.
Ward One Incumbent Ruth Elizabeth McDaniel wants to hold on to her seat for a second term. Hoping to take it from her is challenger Mark J. Reinhart, a member of the city's planning and historic landmarks commissions.
The first-term incumbent in Ward 2, Marylois Gannon-Miller, is being challenged by Wayne Michael Clark, chairman of the city's building commission.
Ward 3 Incumbent Ann Marie Paonessa is running unopposed.
The incumbent in Ward 4, Michael Jay Slover, is being challenged for his seat by Loretta R. Bell.
Although elections are citywide, council members have to live in the ward they represent. The highest vote-getter in each ward wins.
Council members in Charles Town earn $2,400 a year.
Bolivar votes on June 7 for mayor, town recorder and all five council seats. They all serve two-year terms.
Incumbent Mayor Robert Hardy and Recorder P. Jean Reed are running unopposed.