FALLING WATERS, W.Va.—A retired U.S. intelligence officer is among five Republican candidates seeking two seats on the Berkeley County Council in Tuesday’s primary election.
Edward “Ed” Wilson, 67, of Falling Waters, W.Va., is running unopposed in the Potomac District, but still must receive more votes than the winner of at least one of two contested district races to advance to the general election on Nov. 6.
“While I am — and always have been — a conservative, I will seek to represent all citizens of Berkeley County, regardless of party affiliation,” Wilson said in a news release.
“I intend to bring an independent voice to the council chambers.”
If elected, Wilson said he plans to focus on the successes of the current council and work to prepare Berkeley County for the challenges in years to come, including the resumption of growth that will accompany an improved economy.
“We will need to be prepared for this growth to assure that our infrastructure can withstand the pressure, and that government is prepared to address citizen concerns.”
A U.S. Navy veteran, Wilson said he worked for 31 years in U.S. intelligence, serving as a federal analyst and linguist, before retiring to Berkeley County in 1998.
Since then, Wilson said has taken on a number of community leadership roles, noting that he had been recognized as United Way’s Volunteer of the Year in Berkeley County in 2001 and received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Community Service by former Gov. Joe Manchin in 2005.
Wilson also has served on a number of boards, including the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Berkeley Senior Services, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of the Eastern Panhandle.
The other council district races are between Republicans James R. “Jim” Barnhart and Travis W. Mong in the Tuscarora District, and Republicans Elaine C. Mauck and Steven C. Teufel in the Adam Stephen District.
If Wilson receives more votes than one of the other district winners in the primary election, he will face the winner between Democrats Mark T. Barney and Larry Lam in the Potomac District in the general election.