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.

Pictured above - but not in any 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 for the county Board of Education JoAnne McConnell, David Everson, and Ron Phillips.

Candidates responded to a barrage of questions from the audience covering topics which 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.

The Chamber is planning for a second Candidates Night next October prior to the November election.