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Jefferson school board members ousted - UPDATE

November 30, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. ? Lori Stilley, Cheryl Huff and Delores Milstead, once described as a "team" on the Jefferson County Board of Education, were defeated by Pete Dougherty, Mariland Dunn Lee, Gary Kable and Scott Sudduth Tuesday night in the race for four seats on the board, according to complete, but unofficial results.

With all 30 precincts reporting, Stilley had 1,003 votes, Huff had 992 votes and Milstead had 862 votes.

Dougherty was first with 4,208 votes, while Lee received 3,971 votes, Kable received 3,363 and Sudduth got 3,821 votes, according to returns.

The remaining candidates and their votes were: Sandy Collier, 1,028; Timothy Hayden, 387; J.J. Cook, 461; Ed "Pootie" Johnson, 1,168; and Susan Pellish, 462, according to returns.

Although Pellish's name appeared on the ballot, she said before the election that she would not be actively campaigning and threw her support behind other candidates.

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The new board members will take office July 1.

The board of education race became a closely followed contest and centered at times around issues such as funding for local schools.

During a candidates' forum at the Shepherdstown Fire Department in April, the discussion focused on issues such as a $3.5 million cost overrun on the county's second high school near the Huntfield development and how candidates would mend fences with the state School Building Authority.

Mike Cassell, chairman of the county's Democratic Executive Committee, said during the forum that Clacy Williams, executive director of the authority, has said Jefferson County has not met certain requirements for funding from the authority.

Milstead said at the time that the School Building Authority has "unwritten rules" and "we don't know how to play that game."

Other candidates said a new board could get along with the authority and that working with the School Building Authority is about understanding politics.

Board members are paid $160 per meeting, and the term is four years.

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