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Former Berkeley Co. commissioner challenges incumbent county councilwoman

April 25, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Elaine C. Mauck and Steven C. Teufel
Elaine C. Mauck and Steven C. Teufel

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —  Berkeley County Council member Elaine C. Mauck says she hopes voters this year give her a chance to finish what she started since being elected to a two-year term in 2010.

Former Berkeley County Commissioner Steven C. Teufel, who says his desire to better the community is “relentless,” is vying to unseat Mauck as the Republican Party’s nominee in the Adam Stephen Magisterial District in the May 8 primary election.

Mauck, 65, and Teufel, 52, both of Martinsburg, are among five Republicans and two Democrats seeking two open seats on Berkeley County Council in the 2012 election. The winners after the November general election are expected to serve, regular six-year terms. The annual salary is $36,960. Mauck was elected to a two-year term as part of the transformation of the county’s three-member county commission to a five-member county council.

A certified appraiser and downtown Martinsburg antique shop owner, Mauck said she has worked successfully to help get the redevelopment of the B&O Railroad roundhouse and shop building complex back on track and been part of efforts to bring new economic investment to the community through the proposed establishment of an inland port.

She also cited her work with the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority and the Martinsburg-Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau as the County Council representative to those boards.

“I don’t think I’ve been loafing,” Mauck said of her record since taking office in January 2011.

Teufel, who works as a disaster housing contract specialist for Parsons Brinckerhoff, touted his record of reducing the levy rate used to calculate property owners’ tax bills five years in a row while he served as a county commissioner from 2003 through 2008.

“I will watch out and make sure government is not growing out of control and that fiscal responsibility is being followed,” Teufel said.

Teufel said he would respond to the needs of EMS and firefighters and would work with the judges to make sure the county’s judicial facilities are adequate as well as try to bring new industry to Berkeley County.

Teufel said he led the way for the creation of a housing consortium while serving on the county commission and said he would support legislation to bring additional revenue to the county to address the county’s jail bills. Teufel said he also was part of the early development of the trade zone at the regional airport.

If re-elected, Mauck said she hopes to continue efforts to make Boydville, a historically prominent 1812 estate in Martinsburg, and the Roundhouse complex, anchors for economic revitalization.

“I have a vision and if that vision works out, then the downtown will still be here,” said Mauck while highlighting the popularity of railroad-related heritage tourism.

Mauck also cited her record of “fighting for the citizens” to head off tax and fee increases as part of the council’s primary budget-making responsibilities.

“I’m trying to make sure the folks who live here can afford to stay here,” Mauck said.

Since taking office, Mauck said she supported putting money into the county’s rainy day fund, which she said was depleted beforehand. Mauck said she also tackled handicapped accessibility issues at county-owned buildings and roof repairs at the Senior Services center for Berkeley County. 

Teufel said solutions to major issues, including the need to provide tax relief for seniors, need to be produced “not just talked about.”

“I will work to make those recommendations and implement further changes to improve processes and improve customer service and satisfaction,” Teufel said.

“Berkeley County is one large customer, and customer satisfaction should always be number one,” he said.

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