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PAGE A2 Wednesday April 18, 2018 NEWS SPIRIT of JEFFERSON ' and FARMER'S ADVOCATE ' ~p ,7 By ROBERT SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.com HARPERS FERRY -- For Kevin Carden, two important areas where the county should spend its money is on libraries and education. "To me libraries are a great form of education, so it's important to support libraries," says Carden, who is seeking a seat on the Jeffer- son County Commission - one of three Democrats and a Republican all angling to oust Commissioner Peter Onoszko, who was appointed to the panel in 2016 following the resignation of Eric Bell. Carden, 45, competes in this year's Democratic primary against onetime county commissioner and former Ranson mayor Greg Lance and past county prosecutor Ralph Lorenzetti. The winner of that will square off with the top vote-getter in the Republican primary -- either Onoszko or Gary W. Cogle, a Jef- ferson County native who works in the state auditor's office. Carden, who has served as the elected recorder on the Harpers Fer- ry Town Council since 2009 after a stint on the town's planning com- mission, said he decided to run for county commission amid a concern that the panel's new Republican majority of Onoszko, Caleb Hud- son and Commission President Josh Compton wanted to make big cuts to libraries or parks and recreation to pass its budget. The fears weren't unfounded. Faced with spending shortfalls last Kevin Cerden year, the new commissioners said then that neither library nor parks were essential county functions. This year, the commission gave the county library system $330,000, plus $100,000 to the Shepherdstown Li- brary for the construction of a new library, and contributed more than $726,000 to parks and recreation. Another factor for Carden: how those same three commissioners re- sponded to a request to remove a plaque honoring Confederate sol- diers from the front of the county courthouse. "I don't think people were treat- ed with much respect about the plaque," Carden said. "They were being treated rudely and weren't really being lis- tened to. When it comes to mak- ing a decision on a legislative body you" have to take into consideration what you hear from your constit- uents. The whole issue with the plaque was a good demonstration that some people don't respect differing opinions." He said the courthouse is not the proper place for the plaque, which was installed on the courthouse in 1986, a gift from the now-defunct Leetown chapter of the United Daughters of the Con- federacy. "The courthouse is the people's building," he said. "We can't erase our history, but that plaque needs to be in a different place, not on the front of the courthouse and es- pecially not when there is not an- other plaque like it honoring other groups ." Carden said he is a descendant of the Robert E. Lee family in Virginia and also of James Madison, the na- tion's fourth president, and Zacha- ry Taylor, the 12th president. "The American Civil War was a sad pe- riod in our history," he said. "Any- thing divisive like that doesn't be- long [decorating the courthouse] ." Born and raised in Lakeland, Fla Carden moved to Jefferson County in 1997. In 2004, he DBClSION2@18 became a resident of Harpers Ferry and three years later made a run for a spot on the seven-member town council as a write-in candidate, coming in second. Carden is employed with Royal Vendors as a technical writ- er. He served in the Army Reserves from 1992 to 1998. The town's recorder is a wide- ranging position. Officially the council's secretary, the recorder is a voting member who can serve as mayor pro tem and as clerk or trea- surer. Carden said he would like to ap- ply Harpers Ferry's efforts at main- taining its historical character and managing growth onto the county. He said as a county commissioner he'd lobby for counties to be able to apply for entry into the state's Mu- nicipal Home Rule Pilot program, which was established by the Legis- lature in 2007 as a way to give cities and towns throughout West Virgin- ia more governing authority. Harp- ers Ferry applied for home rule in 2015. "I would like to see a home rule option for counties," Carden said. "Local governments are in a better position to address the issues they face in particular than the state is." Carden said he also places a high priority in making sure the MARCX' train service into West Virginia is not discontinued. ' He said the $1.8'"' v million West Vir= " p ginia ponied up this year was a' ' "stop-gap" measure and state law- makers are likely going to want to' " see some con mitment from Jef-' ferson County next time Maryland' comes for funding. Maryland trans- f portation officials initially request-" ed West Virginia come up with $3.8 ' million. Harpers Ferry offered to chip ' $5,000, an amount Carden said was significant for a community of just 300 residents. "I understand county finances are tight, but it's important to under: " stand the necessity of the MARC': train service to the county," he said. "People have said if we lose the: commuter rail service they'll move back to Maryland. That would make the state and the county's situation even worse. If a town of 300 people can come up with $5,000, certainly " the county can come up with some- thing." Carden said the alternative - more car traffic on the U.S. 340 bridge across the Potomac River to Mary- land - is not a good idea. He cited. a study that projected the road is, projected to be a failed highway by,- 2030. (See CARDEN Page A9)" FoFum FROM PAGE A1 ings," he said. "I know how people who come to the meetings and speak should be treated. Treated with re- spect and listened to." The May 8 primary will narrow the field to two Dem- ocrats and two Republicans for the seats. The early voting period begins a week from today. Besides Lance and Carden, the other JCC candidates who attended last week's candi- dates forum were Republi- can Jane Tabb, who is seek- ing her third term on the JCC representing the Middleway Magisterial District; Repub- licans Gary Cogle and Da- vid Tabb, who are running for the Harpers Ferry Mag- isterial District seat that Re- publican Peter Onoszko won by appointment in 2016 after Eric Bell resigned following criminal charges; and long- time county prosecutor Ralph Lorenzetti, a Democrat. Onoszko and Jane Tabb's primary opponent, Jack Hef- estay, didn't attend. Carol Grant, the Democrat who is unopposed in Middleway, also was absent. A particularly contentious issue for the com- mission this year in- volves the plaque at the entrance to the Jefferson County Courthouse that cites Confederate soldiers, but not those who fought for the United States during the Civil War. Citizens, including a num- ber of local African-Ameri- can residents whose ancestors were enslaved in the coun- ty, asked the JCC to move the plaque, but it remains in place. Jane Tabb, who initially voted in favor of leaving the plaque in place, said she has 2018 since changed her mind. "It was a very di- visive issue," she said. "I wanted to have a citizens' com- mittee formed to de- cide what should be done. I always listen to people and do research. I now think the plaque should be moved." Another controversial is- sue facing the commission is the ambulance fee. Last sum- mer commission members re- duced the $40 annual fee to $35 for residents. Now the JCC majority - Onoszko and fellow Republi- cans Josh Compton and Caleb Wayne Hudson - is consider- ing basing the amount that businesses will pay each year on both usage and the size of the space they occupy. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races could, see its annual ambulance fee jump from $85 to almost, $54,000. The restructured fee,- system will be formally pre- sented at a public hearing, Thursday. Lorenzetti criticized the, ambulance fee change, sayr. - ing, "The commission had no plan. It could do better." Cogle labeled the change "a lawsuit waiting to happen." o- An Experienced Candidate for Jefferson County Schools Board of Education ArthenaRoper4JCS.com Listens to ALL county citizens Prudent budgeting of your tax dollars Supports job creation and economic recovery Values our agricultural heritage SupportsVolunteer Fire Departments and JC Emergency Services Agency E/at KEVIN for Jefferson County Commissioner As Town Recorder in Harpers Ferry since 2009, Kevin Carden has established a strong reputation of respect, fairness, leadership, and advocating for the concerns that are important to people. For the people of Jefferson County, Kevin Carden is Change we can believe in. www.facebook,com/kc4jcc Paid for Commissioner "elt of JEFFERSON "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." THOMAS JEFFERSON Serving our community since 1844 Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. 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