Gazette endorsement: Kent Carper is a fine county commissioner

For decades, Kent Carper has been a vigorous, brash, energetic public leader in the Charleston area.

First as state securities commissioner, then as an assistant prosecutor, then as Charleston police chief and, finally, as a long-time Kanawha County commissioner, Carper is a fixture of government, a public servant.

If you made a list of qualities you want in someone who holds elected office, Carper checks them all — conducts the public’s business in public, follows through, believes in open records and sharing public information, creates an environment where any resident is welcomed to speak in public meetings.

He is smart, hardworking and cares about his county.

He is still eager to serve and deserves to continue his public service. We heartily endorse Commissioner Carper for another term.

Funerals for Monday, January 27, 2020

Davis, Valerie - 11 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Hamrick, Leonard - 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Hughes Jr., Denver - 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Keen, Cora - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Lazear, Elizabeth - 7 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Masters, Delores - 1 p.m., Glen Ferris Apostolic Church, Glen Ferris.

Milroy, Miller - 11 a.m., Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Petro, Edith - 11 a.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Phelps, Herbert - 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Stanley, Gary - 1 p.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Stewart, Donna - 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, South Charleston.

Walker, Iva - 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Wilkinson, Catharine - Noon, Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor Chapel.

Williams, Joseph - 3 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.