Martinsburg mayor seeks re-election

February 08, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Karos

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg Mayor George Karos is seeking re-election to a fourth term in the city of Martinsburg’s election on June 12.

Karos, a Democrat, is a pharmacist and owner of Patterson’s Drug Store. He served on the Martinsburg City Council for about 25 years before being elected to his first four-year term as mayor in 2000, according to state records.

Karos, 80, of 304 N. Delaware Ave., was among the first to file last week for the municipal election, according to City Recorder Gena Long, the city’s election officer.

The following individuals had filed for city council as of Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.:


  • Kevin Knowles, 127 W. South St., Ward 2
  • Roger Lewis, 518 W. Burke St., Ward 4 (incumbent)
  • Max G. Parkinson, 803 Honeysuckle Drive, Ward 3 (incumbent)


  • Dennis J. Etherington, 501 S. Georgia Ave., Ward 1 (incumbent)
  • C. William Hayes, 1006 Candi Court, at large.

Mayoral candidates must file a petition with 50 signatures from city residents who are qualified registered voters. The filing fee is $10.


Council candidates must file a petition with 25 valid signatures and pay a $2 filing fee.

All seven council members and the mayor are elected to four-year terms. The mayor is paid $6,000 annually and is entitled to insurance benefits.

Five council members are elected from individual wards, and two are elected to at-large seats in a citywide vote. They are paid $2,400 annually and also are entitled to insurance benefits.

The filing period continues through Feb. 28.

For more information on the city election, call Long at 304-264-2131, ext. 273, or send an email to

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