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Barbour candidates gather for event

Submitted photo Participants in the Barbour Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Candidates Night are shown here during the event. Shown in no particular order are state Senate candidates Stephanie Zucker and incumbent Dave Sypolt; candidates for the West Virginia House of Delegates Chris Phillips, Lonnie Moore Sr., Maureen Lasky-Setchell, Clayton Moore, Ed Larry and Robert Johnson. Pictured running for the Barbour County Commission are Dr. James Carpenter, Stephen Cross and incumbent Phil Hart; and running for the county Board of Education JoAnne McConnell, David Everson and Ron Phillips.

PHILIPPI — Fifteen candidates whose names will appear on the primary ballot in Barbour County were on hand recently to meet the public during the Barbour Chamber of Commerce Candidates Night courtesy of Philip Barbour High School. Chamber President Reg Trefethen presided while Past President Mike Cvechko of Cvechko Insurance served as master of ceremonies.

Participants included state Senate candidates Stephanie Zucker and incumbent Dave Sypolt; candidates for the West Virginia House of Delegates Chris Phillips, Lonnie Moore Sr., Maureen Lasky-Setchell, Clayton Moore, Ed Larry and Robert Johnson; Barbour County Commission candidates Dr. James Carpenter, Stephen Cross and incumbent Phil Hart; and Barbour County Board of Education candidates JoAnne McConnell, David Everson and Ron Phillips.

Candidates responded to several questions from members of the audience covering topics that included public school safety, home schooling, teacher pay raises, unemployment, improving public library facilities and budgets, the drug crisis and its treatment, the county’s 911 Center, eminent domain and experience in budgeting. Several suggested the establishment of a drug treatment center inside the county.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce are planning for a second Candidates Night prior to the November election.