One challenger in field of Bolivar candidates

June 06, 2011|By RICHARD F. BELISLE |

BOLIVAR, W.Va. — Mayor Robert Hardy, Recorder P. Jean Reed and the five incumbent council members head into the town’s biennial elections Tuesday with only one council seat facing a challenge.

All of the incumbents are seeking another two-year term.

The lone challenger is Paul David Staubs, a council veteran who has served multiple terms over the years, Hardy said.

Incumbent council members hoping to keep their seats are John Heafer, Helen Dettmer, Dave Kardok, Victoria Eckert and Frank Donadio.

Bolivar elections are at-large. The top five vote-getters in the council race win, Hardy said.

There are about 600 registered voters in Bolivar, a town butting up against Harpers Ferry, W.Va., with a population slightly exceeding 1,100 residents, Hardy said.

He said he is expecting a smaller-than-usual voter turnout Tuesday because there are so few contested races. Early voting took place in the last two weeks, with only about 60 voters casting ballots.

The town’s single voting precinct is the Bolivar Community Center/Town Hall. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The council voted for salary increases for all five seats, the recorder and mayor earlier this year, Hardy said. The increases take effect July 1, when the council members take office for the next two years.

According to Hardy, the mayor’s salary will go from $4,500 to $6,000 a year. Reed’s salary, (recorder is the town’s highest-paid post) goes from $5,400 to $6,900 and council salaries bump up to $3,800 from $2,800.

Reed said she has served as recorder since 2003. She’s running again “because nobody else is,” she said.

Bolivar’s annual town budget runs about $300,000 a year, about $220,000 of which goes to Harpers Ferry to support Bolivar’s share of the two-town combined police department, the mayor said. The town has two full-time employees.

Hardy, a local antiques dealer, moved to Bolivar in 1973. He’s been a town councilman, “on and off over 32 years,” he said.

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