Condo Farming on the 18th Floor

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Condo Farming on the 18th Floor

(Provided by WV Young Republicans)

Kanawha City, W.Va. - Walt Helmick, a Democrat candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in the May primary, isn't actually a farmer. Therefore, it should be no surprise that he doesn't live on an actual farm.


Kanawha County Sheriff records show that Helmick's wife Rita owns a condominium where the two live at 1800 Roundhill Road - the Imperial Towers condominium building in Kanawha City.
Helmick was challenged on his residency in September 2002 by the Charleston Gazette, who quoted a Marlinton lawyer then as saying folks in Pocahontas County only see Helmick "once in a blue moon." 
"I may be old fashioned," stated WV Young GOP Spokesman Rob Cornelius, "but generally condominium towers lack adequate acreage and the rich topsoil required for actual farming. I think Helmick has some explaining to do."
Helmick and his wife spent much of 2000 petitioning Kanawha County officials for a break to lower the property tax  on their Imperial condo.    "It's one thing to say you're a farmer," said Cornelius. "But a check of Kanawha & Pocahontas County records indicate neither Helmick nor his wife have recently owned a truck. You clearly can't farm with an Audi TT or Chrysler Sebring Convertible."
Between liberal activist Sally Shepherd and career politician Walt Helmick, the Democrat primary keeps getting funnier.
The West Virginia Young Republicans unequivocally support Monongalia County farmer and ex-Marine officer Kent Leonhardt for the office of Agriculture Commissioner.  Leonhardt's dedication to agriculture and to our nation are unmatched in this race.  
"Kent Leonhardt operates a farm," added Cornelius.
(Editor's Note: Sally Shepherd at last week's Huntington Chat and Chew attested that she too operates a farm and brainstormed in the Frederick lobby with attendees on how WV can increase growing fresh goods and develop 'mini' farms. )
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