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Many Local Offices Uncontested on Ballot

February 5, 2012
By JIM COCHRAN , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Voters in Benwood, Cameron and Glen Dale will each be electing a mayor along with either three or four council members, with Glen Dale also electing a recorder, on May 8. In all, a total of 14 offices will be on the ballot.

The three municipalities all have something in common. None of the posts on the ballot is being contested. In fact, in Cameron and Glen Dale the candidates are all incumbents, while in Benwood four of the five names on the ballot will be incumbents.

In Benwood, the candidates are: Edward M. Kuca Jr., mayor; while the council candidates are Chuck Terry, first ward; John Kazemka, second ward; Lorie Longwell, third ward; and Carl Richter, fourth ward. Richter is the only non-incumbent as Jackie Olson is not seeking re-election.

In Cameron the candidates are: Mark Frazier, mayor; and for council, Ron Walker, first ward; Thomas E. Hart, second ward; and K. Wayne Simmons, third ward.

In Glen Dale, David Blazer is unopposed for mayor as is recorder Gerald Trembush. Holdover council candidates are Wayne Bero, Larry English and John Zinn.

While on the subject of Glen Dale council, when Lewis Richmond announced on Jan. 9 he was resigning as councilman to accept a position on the police department, council agreed it would accept applications to fill his position through Jan. 23, the next council meeting. On that date Mayor Blazer announced that six applications had been received for Richmond's 2 1/2 year unexpired term. While these six individuals expressed an interest in the unexpired term, none was apparently interested in seeking a four-year term on council.

As to Richmond's unexpired term, it is scheduled to be filled at the Feb. 13 council session..

Usually at this time of year there are not as many events taking place as in other months, but this February seems to be an exception.

Among events this week alone there will be a "Meet the Coach Night" which will take place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at St. Jude Hall in Glen Dale. The Football Moms are hosting the event at which the new John Marshall football Coach Rick Goodnight will be introduced to the public. There will be a charge for those attending as food will be provided.

Any proceeds will benefit the football program.

Among other events this week will be:

Bill Bryson of Uniglobe will review the tours/games available for 2012. This will be the 10th year for visits to major league baseball parks, including the 100th game.

Received some updated information from Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dave Knuth pertaining to the 7th annual Chamber-sponsored Home & Business Expo to be held March 9-10 at the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

One change is that the Green Tab is now a primary sponsor of the event.

Also, the Moundsville Lions Club will be providing free eye screening.

The Marshall County Senior Center will be providing shuttle service for those parking on both Eighth Street and Jefferson Avenue. The service will be to and from the front door of the Training Center.

Also, a note from Knuth pertaining to the influx of workers in Marshall County:

"The office has received numerous calls for housing, camper space and rental property, and as a result the Chamber is asking that those who have given the Chamber information are being asked to provide an update. Also, if a peson has rental property or spaces available they are asked to let the Chamber know so that information can be added to the Chamber listing."

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