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2017 Harpers Ferry municipal elections and voting information

Municipal elections for Mayor, Recorder, and five Council members will be held on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, 645 Washington Street.  Early voting will be held at Harpers Ferry Town Hall every day except Sunday from Wednesday, 31 May to Saturday, 10 June 2017.  Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The candidates for this year's elections are, in the order they will appear on the ballot:

MAYOR (two candidates):

  • Greg Vaughn (incumbent)
  • Wayne Bishop

RECORDER (one candidate):

  • Kevin Carden (incumbent)

COUNCIL (10 candidates):

  • Robert G. Case
  • Midge Flinn Yost
  • Shirley H. Caniford
  • Deborah De Maris
  • Barbara Humes
  • Peter F. Dessauer
  • Deborah Ann McGee
  • Ed Wheeless
  • Hardwick S. Johnson, Jr. "Hardy" (incumbent)
  • Charlotte Thompson (incumbent)

Candidates' bios can be found in the March and April editions of the Harpers Ferry Community Newsletter.  (See link at right for past editions of the newsletter.)

The Harpers Ferry Women's Club will sponsor a public candidates' forum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 20 May at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church.

The last day to register to vote in this year's election is Tuesday, 23 May.  Voter registration is handled by the Jefferson County Clerk's Office in Charles Town.

All persons wishing to vote by absentee ballot must complete the West Virginia Absentee Ballot Application (click here for application).  The application must be printed out, completed by hand, and signed.  The completed application may be submitted in-person to the Recorder or to the Town Clerk; or it may be scanned and emailed to the Recorder directly.  Requests that are not on the proper form or are not signed cannot be accepted.  All absentee ballot applications must be received by close of business on Wednesday, 7 June 2017.  For more information, contact Recorder Kevin Carden (

Information on paid parking in Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry has instituted three paid parking zones to improve safety and better regulate the very limited parking within the Corporation.  Two of the zones, 7510 and 7520, are on Washington Street (Alt. U.S. 340).  The third is on Potomac Street in Lower Town.  The cost for parking is $1.00 per hour in Zone 7510, $2.00 per hour in Zone 7520, and $3.00 per hour in Zone 7515.  Parking may be purchased in half-hour segments.  Payment may be made using the Parkmobile cell phone app.  To use Parkmobile, open the app, enter zone number, select amount of time desired, and pay by major credit card or PayPal.  Visitors may find it easier to download the app to their cell phones before visiting Harpers Ferry to simplify their parking experience at the following link:

Paid parking is strictly enforced in all three zones between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.  Violators may be fined and /or towed.  Parking is free in all paid parking zones after 6:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Saturday.

All sides streets within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry are parking by residential permit only.  Violators may be fined and /or towed.  Permits for residents and their guests may be purchased at Town Hall.

How to pay water and sewer bills

Harpers Ferry Water Works customers can pay online.  To learn more, click here.

Information on collection and remittance of Harpers Ferry municipal sales tax (beginning 1 July 2016)

The Corporation of Harpers Ferry applied for and won Home Rule in West Virginia in 2015.  As part of the application, Harpers Ferry indicated its desire to charge a 1% sales tax.  This request was approved by the Home Rule Board.  The effective date of the new local tax, on sales made and services rendered within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, is 1 July 2016.  An informative document on collection and remittance of the municipal sales tax can be found here.

List of businesses licensed in Harpers Ferry

The Corporation has released a list of operators and companies licensed to perform business in Harpers Ferry.  These businesses have volunteered to appear on this public list.  To review the list, click here.

Feedback? Questions? Contact Kevin Carden, Recorder and Webmaster, at

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