John Brown's Fort
Corporation of Harpers Ferry
Candidates for 2019 Harpers Ferry Municipal Elections

A total of 13 Candidates' Certificates of Announcement were received during the filing period for the 2019 Harpers Ferry Municipal Elections. On 2 April, the Board of Ballot Commissioners met to draw the order of names. Candidates will appear on the ballot in the order below. (Note: Click on the candidates' names to view the Certificate of Announcement.)

For Mayor:

For Recorder:

For Town Council member:

Notice for 2019 Harpers Ferry Municipal Elections

Elections will be held for Mayor, Recorder, and five Council members on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Terms of office begin on 1 July 2019 and end on 30 June 2021. Notice is hereby given of the following important dates leading up the 2019 Harpers Ferry elections.

  • 1 January 2019: First day to receive applications for absentee ballots from military and overseas voters ONLY.
  • 14-25 January: Candidate filing period.
  • 19 March: First day to receive applications for absentee ballots by mail from all other voters. (Download the absentee ballot application here.) Deadline for candidates to withdraw.
  • 2 April: Drawing for ballot positions.
  • 23 April: Deadline for write-in candidates to file.
  • 26 April: Mailing of absentee ballots begins.
  • 21 May: Last day to register to vote for the 2019 municipal elections. (Note: Voter registration is conducted through the Jefferson County Clerk's Voter Registration Office at the Courthouse in Charles Town. Registration can also be performed online at this link.)
  • 29 May - 8 June: Early voting in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including Saturdays. (Early voting will not be conducted on Sunday, 2 June.)
  • 5 June: Deadline to receive mail-in absentee ballot applications.
  • 10 June: Deadline to receive hand-delivered absentee ballots.
  • 11 June: General election day. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 17 June: Canvassing of elections. Results will be declared at end of canvass.
  • 19 June: Certification of results of canvassing for races without a recount request.
  • 24 June - 1 July: All candidates must submit a Campaign Financial Statement (Official Form F-7 or F-7A) during this time period. (Note: Short Form F-7A is preferred and will be sufficient for most candidates. See the top of page 1 of Form F-7A for exceptions.)
  • 1 July: New terms begin.

For more information concerning the Harpers Ferry municipal elections, contact Recorder Kevin Carden at


The Town Council of Harpers Ferry consists of the Mayor, Recorder, and five Council members, each elected for terms of two years in June of each odd-numbered year. The next elections will be held on Tuesday, 11 June 2019.

Regular monthly meetings of the Council are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Special meetings are scheduled as necessary. Notices of all meetings are posted at the Harpers Ferry Post Office, on the bulletin board outside the main door of Town Hall, and inside Town Hall. See the calendar of events at the right side of this page for other meetings and events.

Council appoints members to the various commissions and committees from a pool of citizen volunteers. Terms of appointed members expire regularly.  Persons interested in serving the town government at this level should contact the Mayor or a Council member for further information. All meetings are open to the public and are held upstairs at Town Hall.

Current Administration (1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019)

Mayor Wayne Bishop (
Recorder Kevin Carden (
Councilmember Barbara Humes (
Councilmember Hardy Johnson (
Councilmember Charlotte Thompson (
Councilmember Ed Wheeless (
Councilmember Midge Flinn Yost (

Office Staff

Office Coordinator Patricia Morse
Bookkeeper Debbi Kelly
Town Clerk Rachel VanMetre
Water Clerk Angela Cummings
Ordinance Compliance Officer Kevin Hamilton


Part 13 Appendix A — Historic District Standards and Guidelines

Part 13 Appendix B — Standards for Project Activities

Procedure for Ordinance Review and Approval

Adopted 9 June 2007
Amended 30 August 2013

Public Hearing Procedures and Guidelines

Current Fiscal Year Budget

Process for Spending Town Funds

Town Council Members

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PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206


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Town Council Meeting Agenda Request Form


Click on the folder icon below to view Town Council meeting documents and download audio recordings of meetings.  (Note:  Older audio recordings can be obtained from the Recorder.)


Click in the dropdown list below to see Council meeting minutes for the selected date.  (Note:  Older minutes can be obtained from the Recorder.)


BZA Hearing Request
Zoning Change Application
Plat Approval Application
Zoning Compliance Permit Application

Business Sign Permit

Zoning & Land Use Application Fee Schedule

Funding Request

Business License
Alcoholic Beverage License
Beer License
Wine License

B&O Tax Form
B&O Tax Form Instructions

Room Occupancy Tax Return