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Jefferson Co. towns host elections this spring

April 28, 2013|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Candidates’ signs are popping up around Jefferson County as four of its five municipalities are getting ready for their biennial elections in May and June to reseat or replace mayors and council members, according to city hall records.
The four town are Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry and Bolivar. Residents in the county’s fifth municipality, Shepherdstown, vote next year.
 
CHARLES TOWN:
Mayor Peggy Smith is unopposed May 23 in her bid for another four-year term. Two of the four council incumbents running for re-election are unopposed — Chet Hines and Sandra Slusher McDonald — while Rich Bringewatt and Donald Clendenning have challengers.
Geary Johns of 540 E. Liberty St., an accountant, wants to unseat Bringewatt and Jonathan Wertman, an attorney, filed for Clendenning’s seat.
Incumbents who won four-year seats in 2011 are Wayne Clark, Ann Paonessa, Mark Reinhart and Michael Slover.
Charles Town voters cast ballots at City Hall at 101 E. Washington. St. Polls will be open on election day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

RANSON:
There are no challenged seats in the Ranson elections on June 4.
A. David Hamill, who has served on the council for 27 years, is unopposed for another four-year term as mayor.
Hamill points to dynamic growth over the last quarter-century that saw Ranson’s population surge from 1,400 residents when he first took office to more than 5,000 today, with a corresponding growth in the city’s acreage from 500 acres to more than 5,000, he said.
There are no opponents for the two council seats up this year. The slot on the ballot for city recorder will be blank, Hamill said.
Town Recorder Tony Braithwaite moved out of town and will officially resign his seat April 30, Hamill said.
The council will decide how the position will be filled after the election, he said.
Longtime Councilman Duke Pierson is unopposed. Incumbent Debbie McClure is not seeking re-election and Mike Anderson, who has filed for her seat, has no opponent.
Council members whose terms are not up this year are Scott Coulter, Donnie Haines and David Cheshire.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on election day in City Hall. Early voting will be held there May 25 and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HARPERS FERRY:
There are no contested races in the June 11 election for mayor and the five council seats.
All six serve two-year terms in this historic town at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
Incumbent Harpers Ferry Mayor Joe Anderson is stepping down when his term ends June 30. Incumbent Councilman Greg Vaughn will vacate his seat to run for mayor.
Helen “Hap” Becker has no opponent in her bid to take over Vaughn’s council seat.
Recorder Kevin Carden and the incumbent council members — Betsy Bainbridge, Jerry Hutton, Dan Riss and Charlotte Thompson — are unopposed.
Early voting in the Town Hall will be held daily from May 29 through June 8 with the exception of Sunday, June 2.

BOLIVAR:
The only contested race in the June 4 Bolivar town election will be between former Councilwomen Vicki Eckert and Donna Howe Callar. Both want the seat being vacated by incumbent Councilman Edmund Stazyk, who steps down June 30.
The other six incumbents on the ballot are unopposed, including Mayor Robert J. Hardy, Recorder P. Jean Reed, and council members John Paul Heafer, Helen Dettmer, David Kardok and Paul Staubs.
Elected officials in Bolivar serve two-year terms.
Elections are held at the Bolivar Community Center at 60 Panama St.

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