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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMEFS ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A5 Wednesda~ November 14, 2018 : FREE ESTIMATES info@svgcleanicom !:i:Delegate-elect Brown says she listened- ] GEOilGIA DuBOSE :%: peciai the Spirit , ecial the Spirit ,$< CHAmeS: TOWN- Sammi is xcited to be the new del- fro ! the 65th district, an area includes Charles Town, Ranson part Keameysvine. "It's rtant to me that people .i realize that my candidacy and my ",: this;hne around are based on my ' .]ljved experience here in my home a)county,'!the Democrat said on Thurs- ; day, two days after winning 52.7 per- cent oflhe 3,615 votes cast over Re- ii publicah incumbent Jill Upson. In the 2016 election, Upson was re-electeffover fn-st-time candidate ' Brown. Brown acknowledges that she learmd some lessons the hard way in that contest, and she tried to bring tha: learning to bear in the re- cent carrpaign. , "I ma, have taken [some of] my commmity for granted" she said of ::, the Afr zan-Am. erican voters of Jef- ferson 7ounty. "I was a young wom- Lots of Jefferson Countians are behind newly elected House of Delegates member Sammi Brown (shown here at the Jefferson County African-American Cultural and Heritage Festival Parade in August). an, andI found that some people misunderstood me :and what I was about.I did not go directly to them to ask foI their support in 2016. I regret that mistake. This time, I did." She credits the intensive canvass- and voters got behind her ing and listening to. a broad range of the c unty populace. "I knocked on 3,0(D doors. The 65th District is about equally split into Republicans, Indepeidents and Democrats, and my efforts at direct contact brought my vahes-based campaign to the at- tentionbf a lot of people." Brovn said she believes a big part of her appeal was emphasizing her local roots and humble origins. "My ' ,'st hone on Leetown Pike was in a :i (rent-c trolled apartment that was all : mY m cther could afford at the time. -. ,There was no silver spoon, and I still don't lave one. I didn't start out this year as the 'chosen candidate' of a Canvassing began with ,going door to. door, and grew: of us: going out to- a neighborhood. It ! was really encouraging." cided that it was time to seek office "I think more people believed in Disagreement last year over the fu- in the 65th District again. I thought, me [this time around] because I was ture of the plaque on the Jefferson 'This kind of behavior will not be direct, and self-effacing, and honest. County Courthouse entrance honor- what governs my hometown.'" I worked hard, and so did the peo- ing Confederate soldiers - the same Brown said she assessed the mis- ple who worked with me. I told poe- soldiers who nearly leveled the court takes she made in her first electoral ple that even being as tired as I felt house midway through the Civil War outing and decided that she could do sometimes was not going to change - led Brown to speak out for its re- better the second time around,my passion to create something dif- moval. "The part missing was that theferent from the usual [political ap- "It was the day of Mr. [James A.] Democratic base did not come out. I preach]. Tolbert's funeral, and I was asked to was determined to run in a way that Educated in Jefferson County speak on behalf of the community would change that." through the ninth grade, Brown went in favor of removal. I went slightly More people came to believe into her last three years of high school over my allotted time, and the Coun- her this time around, Brown says, be- at St. John's at Prospect Hall, a Cath- ty Commission asked for me to be cause her canvassing work included olic high school in Frederick, Md. removed from the room. Someone doorstep meetings, kitchen table dis- "I enjoyed my public school ex- said, 'Taze her.' I got home that night cussions, phone conversations and perience here, but as I got older there and there were email blasts denounc- hand-written post cards to potential were some i sues with my [inter- ing me as hysterical and radical. I de- voters, racial] identity that became recur- l ml / Sh4pherdstown's Transient Lodging Task Force i! will be holding meeting on TUESDAY,: NOV 20, r AT 6:30 RM. the Shepherdstown!Town Hall. The task force, which has been looking at the topic of short-term rentals, such as AirBnBs, within town limits would like to get input from the community. All interestect parties are invited to ' attend and share their thoughts. EAGA] Downtown Charles T0wn JEWELERS, INC, 304-725-7411 4. ,k is scheduled to be held Dec. 1, 2018 beginning at 2 p.m. Participation applications are available at both the : City of Charles Town's and the City of Ranson's iwebsites. Applications are prefei'red before Nov. 21 at either Charles Town City Hall or the Ranson Convention and Visitors Bureau. 101 EiWashington St./P0 Box 14 Charl6 Town, WV 25414-0014 acebook : USDA BARGAIN INVESTMENT MINIMUM BID: $55,000.00 ADDRESS: 77 Robelei Drive, Ranson, WV 25438 DESCRIPTION: BARGAIN OPPORTUNITY FOR INVESTOR OR CONTRACTOR! 4 BR, 2 BATHs, RANCH FIXER UPPER on CRAWLSPACE! BUILT in 2003 with 1328 sq. ft. FORCED AIR HEAT & CENTRALNC, public water and sewer on 0.16 ACRE! LOCATION CONVENIENT FOR COMMUTERS TO MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA! COME TO SALE & BUY NOW! WILL NOT BE OFFERED AGAIN IN 2018! CALL TO VIEW! SALE DATE:MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018 SALE TIME:4:45 P.M. LOCATION: At Front of Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town, WV TERMS: Cash Sale~ with 10 percent of Bid Price in Cash or Cashier's check or Equivalent due at sale. Total purchase price payable by cashier's check, cash or equivalent within (30) thirty days of sale date. Property sold "AS IS". For more information on this auction, please contact the Rural Development office listed below. All sales are subject to postponement or cancellation at any time. It is recommended that you contact the Rural Development office below the day before the sale to ensure that it is still scheduled. PLEASE CALL TO.VIEW: USDA Rural Development at (304) 263-7547, Ext. 112 and (304) 822-3020, Ext. 109. ONLY CHANCE TO BUY IN 2018! eater .ous~a PROPERTIES FOR SALE WEBSITE: USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Darrell Jones 304-503-3170 ring themes. For some of the kids, I wasn't 'black enough.' For others, I was 'too different.' People didn't know what to make of me, and there were some racial epithets." Brown's European-American mother was from a Roman Catholic background; her African-American father had grown up Baptist. "At St. John's, I got to learn more about the whole spectrum of my background when I went on to Shepherd, I was coming to a strong sense of my identity, and I think I have helped other girls and women to succeed in being who they are. That means a lot to me." Like many in Jefferson Coun- ty, Brown cites the late James Al- vin Tolbert as a mentor and encour- ager. "Mr. Tolbert believed I was on the fight path, and that there was a real fight worth fighting here. I also found it inspirational to talk to Mrs. [Shirley] Tolbert. I canvassed Tus- cawilla Hills, and I must have been there for 25 minutes." Like Shirley Tolbert - a teacher in Jefferson County and in Clarke County, Va and an instructor at Shepherd - Brown believes passion- ately in the value of education, and plans to work for improved educa- tion when she is in office. "My priorities wall include eco- nomic development that focuses on good corporate citizenship, work- ing to eradicate the opioid epidem- ic- that will include the creation of a five-in facility here, improving edu- cation for all our citizens, and find- ing ways to fully fund and sustain the Public Employees' Insurance As- sociation. Education is so important. Here's a figure for you: the last time I checked, the yearly wage for an ed- ucator with a Ph.D. in West Virginia was $55,000. Educators who have in- vested so much time and money in their studies need a living wage." "Working in volatile situations in the labor movement has prepared me for political office and being a pub- (See BROWN PageA11) SERViC~VALUE. GUARANTEED COMMERCIAL CLEANING, LLC :? "* . ~' Move in / out cle&Nng.~l~ + . Office Cleaning Contractor site cleanup Event Venue / Party Cleanup To settle the Estate of Harriet Holder Gladston we will offer this beautiful ranch style home at Public Auction orl: November 26, 2018 3 PM to 6 PM December 3, 2018:3 PM to6, PM 2,600 Sq. Ft. Rancher W/LR, DR, Eat-In Kitchen, 3 BR, 3 Baths, Family Room, Sun Room, Heat Pump & Central Air, Full Basement W/Shop, Attached 2-Car Garage on approx. 1 acre well-landscaped lot in Carriage Park S/D. Call for private showing (304)754-8874 or (304)582-8898 TERMS: A $10,000 deposit will be collected from the successful bidder in the form of Cashier's Check, Personal/Business Check W/Bank Letter of Credit. Balance due within 30 days. Proof of deposit & picture ID must be shown to register to bid. A 5% buyers premium will be added to the ham- mer price & become part of the purchase price. Properties to be sold "As Is." All announcements on sale day take precedence over printed material. For Pictures: or NOTICE: Real Estate Agents must procure the prospect and register them 48 hours prior to auction with Plumlee Auction Service to receive 15% of the buyer's premium. AUCTIONEER: In Cooperation With Darwin X. Plumlee V~ CES WV #59, VA #4476 Certified Estate Specialist Matthew Hurley wv183o 717-597-91 O0 Auctionzip ID# 1023 -'re