Three Council Seats Up for Grabs in Fall

Former City Manager Allen Hendershot is among three candidates filed to challenge Councilman At-Large Phil Remke, as Moundsville voters will choose members for three of the seven positions during the Nov. 4 general election.

City Clerk Sondra Hewitt said those interested in running must file by Aug. 19.

Moundsville council members receive $4,800 per year, while the mayor – elected by a vote of council after residents select council members – receives $6,000.

“Those seeking an at-large position need the signatures of 100 registered voters to get on the ballot,” Hewitt said. “Those in wards need 50 signatures.”

Remke holds an at-large position, so voters throughout the city will decide whether to re-elect him or a challenger.

“I am definitely going to run again,” Remke said. “The city needs to be run like a business.”

Hendershot retired as city manager in 2011 after a 36-year career working for Moundsville. He spent 27 years as a police officer before working the next nine years as city manager.

“I think I have some expertise. I enjoy working with the public,” Hendershot said.

In addition to Remke and Hendershot, contenders for the at-large seat include Carole Wood and Kevin Rhome, neither of whom could be immediately reached for comment.

Vice Mayor David Wood is seeking re-election to the 2nd Ward, which includes most of the northeastern part of the city around First Street.

To this point, no one has filed to oppose him.

“I enjoy being on council. I enjoy working with people,” he said. “I really consider it a privilege to be involved in city government so I can help solve problems.”

Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt also will run for re-election in the 4th Ward in the south end of the city, while Carl Boso is filing to challenge her.

“I really feel like we have accomplished a lot,” DeWitt said. “I enjoy serving the city.”

Boso could not be immediately reached for comment.

The seats now held by 1st Ward Councilman Paul Haynes, 3rd Ward Councilman Eugene Saunders, who serves as mayor, Councilman At-Large David Haynes and Councilman At-Large K. Mark Simms will be contested in 2016, Hewitt said.