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Sec. B: Politics --- Gilmer County's lenville envil 'Voter's Guide' A listing of Gilmer County's candidates in the May 11 Primary Election Twenty-two local candidates, who are seeking elective public positions, will be on the ballot and running for nine different offices in the May 11,2004 Primary Election. These are in the partisan Democratic Primary (no Republicans filed) and in the non-partisan Board of Education, according to Gilmer County Circuit Clerk Lane Smith. Relative to the contested races, six individuals have filed for the sheriffs post, seven have thrown their hats in the ring for the non-partisan board of education seats and two for the county commission. The following individuals have filed for the indicated elective offices Circuit Clerk (six-year term) -- Unopposed • Lane Smith, Democrat; County Commission (Glenville District) (six-year term) --- Vote • Larry B. Chapman, Democrat; • Tom Radiff, Democrat; Clerk of the County Commission (six-year term) --- Unopposed • Beverly Marks, Democrat; Prosecuting Attorney (four-year term) --- Unopposed • Gerry Hough, Democrat; . Sheriff (four-year term) J Vote for one • Jimmy Charles Gregory, Democrat; • John William Moss Jr., Democrat; • Samuel (Sam) Cutlip, Democrat; • Charles (Dave) Hess, Democrat; • Mickey E. Metz, Democrat: • Brett TreaC Democrat: Assessor (four-year term) -- Unopposed • Gary Wolfe, Democrat; Magistrate (four-year term) --- Unopposed ,- Vote for not more than two • R. W. Minigh, Democrat; • Carol Reed Wolfe, Democrat; County Surveyor -- Unopposed • Charles "Rick" Sypolt, Democrat; Board of Education (non-partisan) -- Vote for not more than three (Maximum districts: Center - one; City - two; Dekaib-Troy - one; and Gienville - two.) • Phyllis Starkey (City District); • Alton Lane Skinner, [I (Glenville District); • Phillip Hale Cunningham (City District); • Kelly Radcliff (DeKalb-Troy District); • Martin Dale Hess (Glenville District); • Paul Hartmann (Glenville District); 'and • Dorothy H. Rhoades (Glenville District). in Gilmer County: eligible to be elected from l Any democracy, especially America's, depends on an informed electorate. Equally important is each voter's intention and reliability to actually get out and cast his or her ballot for those meritorious candidates standing up for elec- tive offices. Unfortunately, Gilmer County reflects the rest of the United States in voter apathy. In the p.ast several elections fewer than 50 percent of the registered voters actually used their constitutional right to vote. As a result, many good candidates and good causes didn't get the support that they rightfully deserved: For example, the Gilmer County Economic Devel- opment Association's Special Vital Services Levy lost its funding by only a couple of percentage points, so with a few more voters in favor, it would have passed. Moreover, a sustained and well-financed economic development program is the only way that this county can progress, thus providing its citizens with good jobs, good public assets and good lives. disregarded because there are two editions left in this newspaper prior to the election. In fact, if they haven't advertised their credentials and platforms, we editors invite them to do so in The Glenville Democrat/ Pathfinder and we'll help them all we can, especially if they are unfamiliar with newspaper advertising. Here, at The Democrat/Pathfinder, we pride our- sel yes on putting out a weekly newspaper, reporting as much local news and advertising as is available and circulating it up each hill and "holler" in the county. Indeed, we take our public service responsibility seri- ously, realizing that you, the people, "need to know" what's going on at the Gilmer County Courthouse, at Glenville's City Hail, at GlenviUe State College, at the Board of Education and in our various communities throughout the county. Moreover, our newspaper has been an award-winner in the statewide West Virginia Press Association's annual awards competition. Hence, that means that we editors must be doing something . right, thereby giving our local candidates and busi- House of Delegates lege. He has worked with the 1996 and 2000 Gubernatorial campaigns, as well as the 2000 and 2002 Congres- sional campaigns. Adler's mother, Mrs. Delores B. Adler, resides in Weston; other fam- ily embers include Bruce K. Adler, of New Jersey; Ann A. Adler, of Wash- ington D.C.; and Jonathan A. Adler, of Charleston. Adler hopes to get our state's economy moving, create jobs and op- portunities for our young, protect our seniors, and save Glenville State Col- lege. Brent Boggs: "People First, Not Politics" For the past eight years, this has been the principle that Delegate Brent Boggs has adhered to in repre- senting the citizens of central West Virginia. Boggs is pleased to announce his candidacy for a fi fth consecutive term as delegate in the 34th District, repre- senting Gilmer and Braxton Coun- ties. "Starting with my first term and continuing throughout successive terms, I count it a privilege and honor to represent our area in the House of Delegates," Boggs says. Delegate Boggs, a Democrat, now serves on the House Finance Com- mittee. Other committee assignments include Roads and Transportation, Natural Resources, and he serves as Vice-Chair of the Agricultural Com- mittee. He also serves as co-chair of the Rural Health Caucus. Holding the line on taxes, economic State Senator and President Pro Tem Bill Sharpe (Dem.-Westoti) is seek- ing re-election to the 12th State Sen- ate District which covers Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison and Braxton coun- ties. In over three decades of public ser- About his goals as County Com- missioner, Chapman says, "My mis- sion has been and will continue to be the pursuit of successful, long-term, positive growth for Gilmer County. To this end, I choose to involve my- self with the many volunteer commu- nity groups and organizations which abound in the community. The com- mon goals of these groups-promo- tion of health, safety, and well being of Gilmer Countians-increase our opportunities for success as a county." "The future of Gilmer County," Chapman also says, "will largely .de- pend upon all the volunteers, organi- zations, and communities coming to- gether as one body to make positive change." "The leadership you nominate on May 11 might determine the level of success, as well as the speed with which our goals and objectives are achieved." development, technology, water to vice, he steadfastly maintains that he rural areas, roads, senior citizens ser- still has a"passion to serve the people" vices, educations, veterans' issues, of his district. "I have lots of energy, working with our youth, protecting lots of institutional knowledge about mission on the Democratic ticket. A theunborn, secondamendmentrights: the workings and trappings of state lifetime resident of Gilmer County, this is just a partial listing of areas that government -- particularly as it re- Ratliffboasts extensive experience in Boggs has been active and successful lates to the budget process and obtain- in while serving in the House of Del- ing funding for the counties I serve---- el$ates. He also continues to work and I have a genuine desire to serve closely with county officials to meet the many friends I have in central thYe needs of our citizens. Addition- West Virginia," he affirms. ally, he places Glenville State Col- Finally, SenatorSharpeemphasizes lege as a major priority in his legisla- the work he's done for education, es- tive service, pecially in helping Glenville State Boggs is 48 years old, and a gradu- College to "navigate" through some ate of Braxton County High School very "treacherous waters in recent and Glenville State College. A 26- years." County Commissioner Thomas R. (Tom) Ratliff, age 32, is running for Gilmer County Corn- yearrailroad engineer, he is employed by CSX. He is a member of the Gassaway Baptist Church; a 32nd degree Freemason; and a member of the Beni Kedem Shrine. He belongs to the National Rifle Association, the W. Va. Farm Bureau, and West Vir- ginians for Life. He also serves on the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees; Mountaineer Food Bank Board of Directors; Mt. CAP Board of Directors; and several other local boards and civic groups. He and his wife, Jean, have been married 25 years and are the parents working with youth, broad experi- ence in supervising, managing, moti- vating and training personnel, as well as managing large budgets. After attending Gillner County Pub- lic schools, Ratliff attended Glenvilte State College, where he studied man- agement. He is a graduate of the Com- munity Collaborative Training and Heartland Center for Leadership Development's Skill-Building for Stronger Communities. Ratliff is a partner in ventures Un- limited, LLC, a construction devel- opmentcompany, and acts asan agent with A Plus Real Services, a real estate firm in Glenville. He served as President of the Gilmer County Board of Education from 2002 to 2004. Other employment experience has included coaching and driving a bus for the Giimer County Board of Education; serving as a Lieutenant with the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire department; serving as a manager with Gilmer Larry B. Chapman, 47, a Demo- Health Services Ltd.; arid serving as of two children: Jessica (Boggs) cratic candidate for County Executive Director of the Gilmer Singleton and Justin Boggs. They also Comissioner, has lived in Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board. have one grandchild, Collin Single- County, West Virginia since 1965. Active in the community, Ratliffis After attending Glenville State a member of the GilmerCounty Eco- College, Chapman opened Glenville nomic Development Association Western Auto in 1977, a business he (serving as secretary); the Gilmer still owns and operates on W. Main County Volunteer Fire Department; Street. Sand Fork Baptist Church; Gilmer Chapman has been a Gilmer County Athletic Boosters; Gilmer County Commissioner for 18 years, County Community Collaborative and currently serves as County Com- Team; and Giimer County Masonic ton. Boggs" s parents, Doyle and Ethel Mac Boggs, reside in Gassaway. Since his first day in office, Boggs has insisted on being constantly ac- tive in the community - not just at election time, but throughout the year. "Our citizens want a representative who knows how they feel and who As a result, we editors sincerely encourage all of our citizens to be "good citizens" and to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming Tues., May 11 Primary Election. The Democratic Party's voters can't complairt about the lack of viable candidates for a number of key positions from governor on down to the county level. And, in Giimer County, we, the citizens, must decide are the best candidate(s) to be our next sheriff, ounty commissioner, and board of education mem- bers. These latter officeseekers are listed above, if not in the political biographies written on these special pages. We apologize for any omissions, and assure you voters that they weren't intentional. The local candi- nesses a little extra punch for their hard-earned adver- . seeks their advice and input. That's tising dollars than what most small newspapers do. why ! constantly visit homes, busi- Like campaigning, it takes many hours, much elbow grease and many dollars to put out a weekly newspa- per. Likewise, it takes time to be a good citizen: to read up on the candidates, to study the major issues, to make your decisions on whom to vote for and, finally, to actually go to the polls and vote. This "Voter's Guide" should help to ease your decision-making dilemmas a little bit, if not to solve them. Nevertheless, if this "Voter's Guide" doesn't, call up the candidates and talk with them personally -- we've found them to be cooperative and eager to answer our inquiries. Happy reading and remember to note down Tues., nesses, civic functions, schools, and senior citizens' centers to better un- derstand the problems of our entire area," he says. Boggs also says, "I appreciate the trust and support our citizens have placed in me to represent their inter- ests in the Legislature. As always, I look forward to seeing and meeting with neighbors and friends through- out the area, so that we can continue to work together toward a brighter fu- tare." mission President. Lodge #118. AsaCommissioner, Chapmanhas Ratliff is married to the former been involved with several beneficial Sherry Reed, and the couple have two projects within the county. These in- children, Reed and Austin. His par- elude the development of the Gilmer ents are Tom and Pam Ratliff, of County Industrial Park, the Giimer Glenville, and siblings are Avan, County Senior Citizens' Center, FCI- Randy and Richard Ratliff. Gilmer, a Federal Bureau of Prisons Ifelected, Ratliff'says he will "bring Minimum-Medium Security facility, a common sense approach to solving In addition, he was part of the teams problems, and will hold regular office that lobbied for and received grant hours at the courthouse with at least monies used to plan and build major one day per week available to listen public waterlines throughout the toyourconcerns between meetings." county where none had previously He is also concerned with trying to existed. "bring the 911 'call center back in dates, in particular, have had a long •time to get their May 11 to go to the polls and to vote, if you don't vote State Senate Chapman is married to the former Gilmer County." biographical information into us, but they may have a by absentee ballot in the County Clerk's Office before- : Susan Reale. They have two children, different campaign strategy than using this Voter's hand! David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor Devon, who resides in Albuquerque, Use Cedar Creek State Guide" format. Henc theircandidacies sh 'Ad not be __.______ New Mexico, and Brett, who is cur- Park; it's got several E- rly t-o registration period , rentlyattcndingGlenviUeStateCol- nd of lege. The Chapmans recently wd- walking trails in the rural corned a grandson, Avery Brett, into Appalachian Mountainsl NewRosedale theirf mily ..... On this Wed., Apr. 21, the last day tion Day of Tues., May I 1. "Our of- for registrations of new voters closed rice will bc open for the convenience at the Courthouse, but it was the be- of early voters from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Iling_lMa ginning ofearly or absentee voting in Saturdays. May ! and May 8/ she po ce the County Clerk's office, according states. The Rosedale Polling Place, for- Weston resident BillAdler is run- to Gilmer County Clerk Beverly Or, the general public may choose merly at Bennett's Store, is now !o- ning for a seat in the State Senate's Marks. to come into the County Clerk's Of- catedattheRosedaleAUianceChurch, 12th District. Employed by Ameri- In addition, her office will be open rice during the regular business week, County Clerk Beverly Marks has an- can Income, Adler attended Lewis for absentee voting on two additional Mon.-Fri., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for the nounced. County High and Glenville State Col- da, fs before the.actual Primary Elec- purpose of absentee voting, she adds. - I I e Ill Your State .Senator Democrat Braxton * • • Paid for by Sharpe for Senate Committee, Tom Sharpe, Treasurer I I II Vote Bill Adler for State Senate. Paid for by Adler for Senate, Delores B. 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