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Where Weirton’s candidates stand on the issues

WEIRTON — The city will be holding its municipal primary election Tuesday, with registered voters casting ballots for the offices of mayor and all seven members of city council.

Three of the city’s council races are uncontested, with only the incumbents of those three seats filing for office. Those include Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh, Ward 4 Councilman George Ash and Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso.

The Weirton Daily Times submitted a series of questions to each candidate to help inform the voters of their platforms.

Below are the answers from the city’s uncontested candidates, along with additional information offered.

Fred Marsh, Ward 3

1. What is your reason for seeking elected office in the City of Weirton?

After much thought and prodding from several dozen of my constituents I decided to again seek the Ward III seat to continue to better the town and represent my constituents concerns at the local level.

2. What do you feel the main focus of the City of Weirton should be over the next 10 years?

The main focus of city government over the next 10 years has to be adapting to the new economy that is on the horizon. That means to facilitate the needs, understand the mechanics, and most importantly make these new ventures feel that Weirton is the place for them to thrive and grow. Let’s not forget, government can not create private career jobs but it can help those ventures through the complicated process of starting up.

3. What are three goals you have if elected?

My goals are to continue a common sense approach to government and spending, rebuild our infrastructure where needed, and service our citizens with the best police, fire, and public works services.

4. What improvements/changes do you feel could be made in the City?

There are always changes/improvements that can be implemented but each change/improvement must be dealt with one issue at a time ie. housing conditions, street conditions, economic development, etc. To say a specific issue is like comparing the chicken and the egg, I think the delving into one issue one at a time and doing it right is the best approach but we must realize this may take time and not happen overnight.

Additional information:

The third-generation owner of Marsh Supply Co., a business operating in Weirton for 98 years, Marsh is a lifelong Weirton resident. He has two grown children and three grandchildren.

George Ash, Ward 4

1. What is your reason for seeking elected office in the City of Weirton?

Because the current administration, mayor and council, have been pro-active and I want to be part of the continued success of Weirton.

2. What do you feel the main focus of the City of Weirton should be over the next 10 years?

Be prepared for growth. Our workforce already exists and with the new business opportunities we need to have our infrastructure ready to meet their needs.

3. What are three goals you have if elected?

Promote homeownership and business. Approximately one-third of our housing in Weirton is rental property, therefore; I’d like to see Rental Resignation Program throughout Weirton. Replace the Lee Avenue bridge. General Clean-up of the city.

4. What improvements/changes do you feel could be made in the City?

Infrastructure. Because of our location and weather, it’s difficult to keep up with all the road repairs. Our staff constantly works on this problem. We also need additional water/sewage capacity so a bipartisan committee was formed to work on this issue. There’s always room for improvement but overall residents and business comes together especially during an urgent need. That’s our history and I believe we will continue to do so.

Additional information:

Member of council for 24 of the last 28 years. As always, I want residents and businesses of Ward IV to feel free to contact me with any issues they may have. As President of the Brooke-Hancock County Veterans Memorial Park I’m proud to have the park located at the edge of Ward IV. I invite all to stop by and enjoy the park as it is a true gem of our city.

Enzo Fracasso, Ward 6

1. What is your reason for seeking elected office in the City of Weirton?

To continue to attract new businesses and residents to WEIRTON. Continue an aggressive approach to cleaning up neighborhoods and to continue to raze dilapidated structures, not only in my Ward but also throughout the city.

2. What do you feel the main focus of the City of Weirton should be over the next 10 years?

The main focus in the next 10 years for Weirton should continue to be to entice both large and small businesses and resident to our city. Continue to improve city services, roads and infrastructure and to develop landscaped green spaces and parks.

3. What are three goals you have if elected?

My three goals are and will continue to be: to attract businesses that create jobs with livable wages; To continue to work to enhance the appearance of Weirton especially in all entrances to the city; and To continue to quickly respond to all calls from my constituents and their complaints, and continue to have a progressive attitude towards the redevelopment of Weirton.

4. What improvements/changes do you feel could be made in the City?

I would like to see more new moderately priced housing developments, and more diverse businesses such as clothing and grocery stores, shoe stores restaurants and car dealerships, the list could go on.

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