By Dawn A. Dayton
Sherrie Hunter is the choice of the Raleigh County Democratic Executive Committee to fill the open spot for county commissioner on the November ballot, according to committee chair Paul Flanagan.
The opening came when John Wooton, who won the Democratic nomination in the May primary, pulled out on the advice of the State Bar.
The committee met Saturday morning and chose Hunter from among five people who submitted resumes for consideration.
Flanagan said the vote was unanimous, with 11 of the committee’s 12 members voting.
“Sherrie has long been involved with the promotion and beautification of Raleigh County. She is energetic and excited about the opportunity and is ready to take on the challenge,” Flanagan said.
“She has worked for the people of Raleigh County, and it is great to have a person like her.”
She will face Republican nominee Linda K. Epling in the Nov. 6 general election.
The four others who submitted resumes were S. Benita Goode, Mel Kessler, Michael Scott Mangum and Janet R. Warden.
Hunter said she is “proud and humbled” that the committee believes in her ability to serve as a county commissioner.
“I feel I have the network and experience to be effective to help make Raleigh County an even greater place than it already is,” Hunter said.
Hunter has been the director of education for the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority for 12 years, working extensively with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Solid Waste Authority and the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board, among others.
“Being at the solid waste authority has prepared me to help out citizens on a bigger platform at the county commission,” she said.
She added that Raleigh County’s school recycling program is recognized by other counties as the most comprehensive in the state.
In addition to recycling, another major part of her job is going into schools and teaching the children about the ills of littering. She says one of the most successful ways of reducing litter is to teach the lesson early in life, then let the kids take the word home and teach it to their families.
She works closely with the New River Regional Development Authority in preparation for the 2013 Boy Scouts Jamboree.
She is the co-chair of the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce’s Make It Shine Committee and is president of the county’s Abandoned and Dilapidated Building Enforcement Agency, on which she has served since 2004.
“I always look at life in a positive fashion,” Hunter said. “When issues come forth, I believe you should listen closely, discuss it and do the right thing.
“My passion for the community goes very deep. The community has been kind to my family and I hope to give that back.”
Hunter is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Beckley College. She was a teacher at the YMCA’s Happy Kids Pre-school before spending 10 years with Beckley Newspapers. She said it was at the paper where she was trained as a facilitator and those skills have helped her accomplish what she has.
Hunter is married to David Hunter, with whom she has two daughters, Lorie Martin of Shady Spring and Lesleigh Eckle of Columbus, Ohio, and three grandchildren. She is the daughter of the late Quinn and Eloise Barbera.
All that remains to make Hunter’s nomination official is for the executive committee to file a document with the Secretary of State’s office verifying that they have chosen her to fill the empty ballot spot. Hunter must also file for certification of candidacy in the Raleigh County Clerk’s office.
Wooton, a criminal defense lawyer, bowed out of the race after the State Bar suggested his service would pose a conflict.
After “someone raised an issue” about a potential conflict in his career and his potential role in setting the county prosecutor’s budget as a commissioner, Wooton sought opinions, initially from an ethics professor who found no problem in the dual capacity.
However, the State Bar issued an opinion saying that he cannot serve on the commission and take part in criminal defense work at his Beckley firm.
Wooton didn’t identify the individual who questioned his candidacy.
With more than 200 criminal cases pending at his firm, some of them appointed by the court, Wooton said it would be “a nightmare” for him to step aside and leave that large of a caseload to his fellow barristers. Nor would it be practical for the firm to abandon all criminal defense work.
— E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Dawn A. Dayton
- BREAKING NEWS
- 8 from Beckley area arrested for oxycodone fraud, distribution
Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95
Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
Wyoming to gain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area designation
U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) Thursday announced Wyoming County will be included in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) enabling the County to receive additional federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts.
Clements named president of Clemson University
Jim Clements has been named the 15th president of Clemson University.
Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins announced the board’s selection Monday. Clements has been president of West Virginia University since 2009
Marlinton fire under control after destroying 4 downtown buildings
A fire tore through several businesses and at least one apartment building in Marlinton early Sunday morning, according to reports from Pocahontas County’s 911 Center. By Sunday evening, reports said the fire was under control.
Texas passes on making Luck its AD
The University of Texas passed on making West Virginia University’s Oliver Luck its athletic director Tuesday, choosing Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson instead.
Deal reached to avoid default and open government
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end.
Police: Gunman who fired at U.S. courthouse in Wheeling dies
A man armed with what federal marshals described as an assault-type rifle fired up to two dozen rounds at a West Virginia federal courthouse Wednesday until police returned fire and killed him, state police said.
Shots fired outside U.S. Capitol; one injury reported
A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown.
The shooting unfolded after police chased a black car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, said tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah, who walked toward the scene as the car stopped.
"Then I heard the gunfire" and hit the ground, he said.
Government shuts down as Congress fails to pass budget
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.
- More BREAKING NEWS Headlines