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Canterbury seeks Barbour Commission seat

April 25, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

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Eddie Canterbury, of Belington, is running to return to the Barbour County Commission.

"If you are looking for another commissioner who will only attend one meeting a month and turn the rest of the job over to somebody else, then don't vote for me," he said. "But, if you expect truth, leadership and solutions along with a commitment to move Barbour County forward, I certainly would appreciate your vote."

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Canterbury believes a candidate's past initiatives and accomplishments are a good barometer to measure the performance voters can expect after the person is elected.

He has experience as a county commissioner, from 1995 to 2001, as well as managing a federal budget of $15 million for the U.S. Forest Service. He has experience in economic development, having served 10 years as a member of the Barbour County Economic Development Authority, two years as president and two years as secretary.

Some of his accomplishments as commissioner and later as the director of the Barbour County Community Development Corporation included:

Secured $60,000 in federal funds for the construction of the Arden Community Center, as well as upgrades to the Tacy and Union centers and build three elementary school playgrounds.

Took it upon himself to get the red oak flooring donated for the courtroom renovation project. The lumber was donated, kiln dried, processed into flooring and delivered to the courthouse at no cost to the county.

Donated unused land to Junior for a new fire hall with the old fire hall becoming the Town Hall, community center and library.

Traveled alone to Elkins in a January blizzard to meet with the governor and seek funding for the Audra Road water project. Two months later, the funding was approved.

Worked for two years to get the new Tygart Valley Regional Jail located close to the Barbour County border because of the many jobs that would be available. He succeeded and the jail now has a Belington mailing address.

Secured $125,000 in federal funds to train nearly 100 job-seekers for those jobs at the Regional Jail.

His proposal to the Development Authority to add 74 acres to the Belington Industrial Park was approved. They installed a road, water, sewage, three-phase power and two large industrial buildings to attract new businesses.

He developed a funding formula that provided $10,000 to each fire department and each EMS unit while he was on the commission, as well as $5,000 to each library, making it possible for all of them to provide better services to Barbour County.

If elected, Canterbury believes every area of the county should benefit from the energy tax revenue from the windmills, Marcellus Shale and coal. He will partner with groups around the county to complete improvement projects in their areas.

He will work to restore full funding to the libraries and the five volunteer fire departments and EMS units; he will develop partnerships to clean up roadside litter and unsightly areas.

Canterbury also said no commissioner has attended a meeting of the Development Authority for six or seven years. As he did in the past, he will attend every meeting of the Development Authority and develop a partnership that will strengthen efforts to bring new business and jobs to Barbour County.

He will work tirelessly to help Barbour County take advantage of every opportunity available. Nothing is worse than a missed opportunity.

He would appreciate support from voters this election.



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