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Kanawha commission

POLITICIANS love to talk about economic development. Few do anything about it. Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper is one who can actually lay claim to success.  

The Daily Mail endorses Democrat Kent Carper for re-election to the Kanawha County Commission.

In 16 years, Carper has led the way in:


  • Saving Yeager Airport, expanding services at Yeager Airport, keeping the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia National Guard.


  • Helping to acquire the old Union Carbide Tech Center and to redevelop it.


  • Refurbishing the old courthouse.


  • Acquiring and renovating the old Appalachian Power building to provide decent office space for the prosecutor's office and the police.

    Carper also pushed for Metro 911, which saved taxpayers millions while improving response to emergencies.

    Those are just the highlights of a lengthy list of accomplishments.

    And Carper has done this as a part-time elected official. His full-time job is as a partner at the law firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler.

    Carper has been one of the best public servants in the county for more than three decades, serving as an assistant prosecutor and Charleston chief of police before his appointment to the county commission in 1996.

    Voters elected him to a four-year term that year and since have re-elected him to two six-year terms.

    Carper's opponent, Republican Stephen D. Snead, does not seem to be running a campaign. Even if he were, it would be difficult to top Carper's record of public service.


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