MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — James R. “Jim” Barnhart and Travis W. Mong are vying to be one of the Republican Party’s nominees in the race for Berkeley County Council in next week’s primary election,.
Barnhart, 62, of Featherbed Road, Martinsburg said he is well aware of the county’s problems after a 39-year career with the Berkeley County Health Department. Barnhart retired in February.
Mong of Cutlip Drive, Martinsburg, did not return three messages requesting comment on his candidacy.
The winner in the Tuscarora District race between Barnhart and Mong will advance to the November general election where he will vie for one of two County Council seats on the ballot.
The winners in the November general election are expected to serve six-year terms. The annual salary is $36,960.
Barnhart said his campaign slogan is ‘let’s build a better Berkeley.’
If elected, Barnhart said he wants to help the other elected county officers carry out the functions of county government, such as the assessment of property and tax collection.