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Meet the candidates forum held for local municipalities

PRINCETON, WV (WVVA) Local municipal elections are approaching quickly. The Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias hosted a ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum in Princeton. It provided candidates the opportunity to explain why they are running for office.

Athens, Bluefield, Bramwell, and Princeton all have elections this year. The candidates from around the area talked about what their goals for their respective areas if elected. Incumbent David Graham, Mayor of Princeton, says he doesn’t want to make promises, but has the goal of improving downtown.

“I think that is vital to the city,” said Graham. He says growing Thorn and Rogers Streets will help grown downtown.

Candidate John Casey for the Town of Athens says he’s working to help with the sewage problem in the area. He also answered questions relating to businesses coming to the area now that Pipestem Resort State Park is becoming more popular. Casey says there is increased traffic in Athens during the summer months and businesses coming to the area would help the town grow.

Several candidates for the Town of Bramwell spoke about how they want to improve the town, bring the past and present together. Mandy Fink, manager of the Corner Shop, says it’s important to start including the youth in town discussions and learn how they can impact the area. Mayoral candidate Michelle Cook echoed Fink, saying it is time to bridge Bramwell’s rich history with the present.

“I think the leadership has to be very open seeing the history stay what it is and promote it more,” said Cook. She says that it’s about preservation and restoration.

Municipal elections are June fourth for Princeton and Bluefield. June 11th is election night for the Towns of Athens and Bramwell.

Ashley Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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