|The competitive race between four Democrat candidates for Calhoun Commission is
stirring some interest in the county. Perhaps of most interest is the candidacy of
local dentist Lynn Gilbert, wife of James Morris of Calhoun Realty, the Calhoun
Chronicle and the Morris oil and gas interests. |
The Morris family has been well-known for their political activity in the county for
many years, and more recently their employment of Delegate Bill Stemple.
Calhoun Commission candidate Lynn Gilbert (Democrat) told The Hur Herald she is
donating the net value of her commission salary to worthy causes, if elected. The
gross amount of the salary, which will be $16,500 annually starting with newly
elected officials, is $99,000 over the six year term. Adjusted for taxes and
deductions, Gilbert's contribution could be about $70,000.
"I am giving the yearly salary, spreading it out in the beginning to fire departments. I
hope to get a group of people together to find the right places to donate the money,"
The current members of the Calhoun Commission, McCallister, Barr and Weaver,
declined a $1500 pay increase offered by the West Virginia Legislature.
Commission candidate Rick Sampson (Democrat) said "It's good she's got the time
and wealth to do something like this. It would have been nice if she came forward
with her grant writing and helped with county problems as a volunteer, before she
ran," he said.
Candidate Tom Shock (Democrat) said "In my past experience, over all the years, I've
seen many people come in here from elsewhere and try to conduct our business. I've
seen many leave. Sometimes they've left with unpaid bills and bankruptcy. I'm
running on a common sense platform," said Shock.
Candidate Steve Whited (Democrat) said, "It sounds like a round about way of buying
votes, my plan for the salary is to save for my children's education. I will contribute to
my county and community with hard work, sweat, equity and being a dedicated
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