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Frederick County invited to join West Virginia

14 January 2020 Frederick County News


The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution Monday reminding Frederick County of a 158-year-old invitation to become the state’s 56th county.

On Friday, State Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan County, introduced the Senate Concurrent Resolution 2. According to the resolution, Frederick was one of three Virginia counties that was invited to join West Virginia in 1862.

Only Berkeley and Jefferson counties voted to join West Virginia, while Frederick County stayed with the commonwealth. In a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1870 that affirmed West Virginia’s existence as a state, the invitation to Frederick County to join West Virginia was ruled as still valid.

Trump has not talked with officials in Frederick County to gauge their interest in letting voters choose whether to join West Virginia or not, but he hopes this resolution will get the conversation going.

The resolution now heads to the West Virginia House of Delegates for consideration, but representatives and officials in Frederick County aren’t convinced the switch will happen.

Del. Wendy Gooditis, who represents Virginia’s 10th District, which includes part of Frederick County, said when contacted about Trump’s resolution, “The idea is a new one to me, and, while I love the romantic language in which West Virginia Senator Trump couches the invitation, it is very hard to imagine that the citizenry of Frederick County are looking for that upheaval. And loving Frederick County and Winchester as we do, I can’t imagine Virginia would let them go lightly.”

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