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Wright wins Berkeley County Commission seat

November 04, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Former Berkeley County Commissioner John E. "Johnny" Wright won his second bid to get back on the commission with a narrow victory over businessman C.B. "Butch" Pennington.

Wright, 65, a Republican, received 6,109 votes against Pennington, 51, a Democrat, who received 5,872 votes, according to complete but unofficial election results.

Pennington had a small lead in earlier returns, but the tables turned later in the evening, when Wright inched ahead.

Wright, a retired United Methodist minister, ended up just under 2 percent ahead of Pennington.

Wright, of Rustic Drive in Bunker Hill, served two decades on the County Commission before losing the seat to former state Del. Patrick Murphy by a narrow margin in 1990.

He lost his first run to regain the seat in the 1996 Republican Primary.

Wright won the Republican nomination this May with a little more than 40 percent of the vote against pork producer Steve Teufel, at just under 35 percent, and home builder Leon Close, with exactly 25 percent, according to county election records.

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Pennington, active with the Democratic Party locally and statewide, was making his second bid for the office.

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