Pair seek village recorder’s seat

BEECH BOTTOM – Two candidates are seeking the position of village recorder in Beech Bottom’s election Tuesday.

On the ballot are incumbent Linda Dowell of 25 Second St. and challenger Amy Gibson of Stop 51 North.

The position involves taking minutes at the meetings of Beech Bottom Council and the village’s various boards and committees, preparing letters from council and the other entities to various individuals and entities.

Dowell has served as village recorder for six years, having been appointed to serve the remaining two years of the previous recorder’s term before serving her current four-year term.

Dowell is a retired employee of the Wellsburg WesBanco branch, where she worked for more than 34 years and served as head teller. She said her bookkeeping experience in the position has been helpful in her job with the village.

Dowell is a member of the Wellsburg Civic League, for which she has served as secretary.

She said in addition to her duties as village clerk, she has been involved in planning community cleanups that have earned the village the West Virginia Make It Shine Award on multiple occasions, improvements to the Third and Hill street playgrounds and the village’s community picnic.

Asked why she is seeking re-election, she said she enjoys her job, has learned a lot from it and looks forward to supporting council’s efforts to improve the community and work for its future prosperity.

Gibson is a teacher assistant with the Northern Panhandle Head Start program and is working toward a degree in elementary education at West Virginia Northern Community College.

She was a member of the Beech Bottom Primary School PTA, keeping minutes as the group’s secretary. Her love of working with children has led her to volunteer for the village’s Christmas party and community cleanups.

Gibson said her concern for the village’s children, including her own, and desire to preserve the village’s best aspects are the reason she has chosen to run for recorder.

“I want to help preserve the village as a safe and pleasant place to live and raise a family, and I want to help ensure a more positive future for all of us,” she said.

“It’s just a great little community to live in and I want to keep it that way,” she added.