Richard Dennis announces candidacy for Berkeley County Assessor

November 28, 2011|MARTINSBURG, W.Va
  • Richard Dennis
Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis, a lifelong resident of Berkeley County, has announced his candidacy for the office of Berkeley County assessor. Dennis, 56, lives in Martinsburg.

According to a news release, Dennis listed his 17 years of work experience as a professional real estate appraiser as part of his qualifications to serve as assessor. Having appraised thousands of properties in Berkeley County, he said he is familiar with the county and the entire valuation process.

Though many procedures in the assessor’s office are state-mandated, a few improvements that Dennis would like to see include making the yearly tax assessment form easier to understand and navigate. He would also like to see the entire process made available on-line.

“I would also pledge to continue the efforts of former Assessor Preston Gooden and I will work closely with our legislators to get an increase in the Homestead Exemption. Our senior citizens need all the assistance we can afford to give them,” Dennis said in a news release.

Dennis is a lifelong Republican and conservative.

He served for six years on the board of directors of the Shenandoah Women’s Center, including two years as president. He is married to the former Debbie Peterson for 32 years. They have a daughter, Katie Plott and her husband Danny, and a grandson Jayden.

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series for candidates for office in the Eastern Panhandle that The Herald-Mail will be running over the next several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website,, through the West Virginia primary on May 8. To submit announcements, email them and a photo (preferably a jpeg) to or Any questions, call 301-791-7281.

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