The Wetzel Chronicle mailed questions to all political candidates in the upcoming New Martinsville Municipal Election to be held May 13 in conjunction with the Primary Election.
Their responses are being printed in alphabetical order by race.
None of the major races on the county ballot are contested until the General Election; we will print stories on those races at that time.
Early voting is now in progress, through Saturday, in person at the Wetzel County Courthouse. Voting takes place between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday. On Election Day the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A list of polling places can be found on page 8B. Sample ballots are also printed on pages 6B, 7B, and 8B.
Jeff Wright is not facing any competition for the Third Ward New Martinsville Council Seat.
A political newcomer, Wright resides on North Main Street.
What is the first thing you would like to get accomplished if you are elected (or re-elected) to this position?
Wright: The first thing I would like to accomplish is a good relationship with the citizens of the community. I feel it is important that they know their voices and opinions should be heard and that they will have someone to support them in their efforts to make our town a better place. People need to bring their concerns to the council meetings and make them known. I know people have busy schedules and if they can not attend the council meetings, then as the councilman in their ward they can contact me and I will address the issues for them and get back to them the information and answers they need.
Elaborate three main reasons you should fill/keep this position.
Wright: Three main reasons I should fill this position. 1.) I am willing to work hard to support and represent the people of the town. 2.) I feel that every one's issues are important and deserve to be heard. I am willing to listen and work to get them back the answers they deserve. 3.) I have seen the hard working employees of the town and the efforts they put out everyday. We should all be thankful of all they do. They deserve someone to represent them and work hard to make sure they have the means and tools to perform their jobs on a daily basis. I am willing to work hard for them to make sure that can happen and will continue to happen.
What would you do with a $10,000 gift to the city if it was completely up to you, and why would you use it in that manner?
Wright: Well $10,000.00 doesn't go very far now days, as we all know. I guess from attending council meetings I know that the NMPD is in need of a lot of essential equipment to perform their daily tasks. The safety and well being of the people is, in my opinion, probably the most important issue we deal with. I think that the money could be very well spent toward helping us get our officers the equipment they need to perform their daily jobs safely. No one should be asked to do their job and not have the proper means to do so safely. I think spending the money to help make that happen would be a step in the right direction.
Early voting is now in progress, through Saturday, in person at the Wetzel County Courthouse. Voting takes place between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday. On Election Day the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A list of polling places can be found on page 8B. Sample ballots are alson printed on pages 6B, 7B, and 8B.