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Small wins Berkeley County clerk race

November 04, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - John Small defeated Marsha Kelley, one of his former employees, by a comfortable margin Tuesday to keep his job as Berkeley County clerk, according to complete but unofficial election returns.

The final count with all 46 precincts reporting showed Small with 7,611 votes and Kelley with 4,428.

Kelley, 29, a Democrat, launched a vigorous campaign to unseat the four-term incumbent with charges of disorganization and inefficiency, but the election results showed that she failed to bring that message across to voters.

Republican Small said throughout the campaign that he wanted an unprecedented fifth term so he can complete the computerization of the clerk's office.

Kelley, a native of Tomahawk, W.Va., said she had hoped to bring a surge of new blood into the clerk's office. She also said she would reorganize the staff and eliminate the position of chief clerk. Kelley is the county's purchasing agent.

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Small, 57, started as a deputy in the clerk's office in 1957. He was appointed clerk in 1971 to complete an unexpired term and won re-election in 1972 and has won enough votes to keep his job ever since.

He makes $41,500 a year.

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