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Deadline to file for W.VA. elections is here

January 28, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Potential candidates for political office in Berkeley County have one more day to decide whether to run.

The filing deadline is tonight at midnight.

So far 32 candidates have filed for state and county offices.

Three Republicans, two Democrats and an independent have launched bids to replace retiring Berkeley County Commissioner D. Wayne Dunham of Hedgesville.

Republican commission candidates George E. Cole Sr. of Kearneysville, Steve Tuefel of Martinsburg and Howard L. Strauss will square off in the May 9 primary.

Martinsburg residents Clarence Burl "Butch" Pennington and Patricia "Pat" Worthington are running in the Democratic primary.

The winners of each primary will face independent Jess W. Mauk of Martinsburg.

All three delegates who live in Berkeley County have filed for re-election, and all will face opposition.

In District 52, Democratic Del. Vicki V. Douglas of Martinsburg will take on Republican challenger John Reisenweber of Martinsburg if no one else enters the race today.

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In District 53, Republican Thomas Slater of Gerrardstown is challenging incumbent Del. Larry V. Faircloth of Inwood in the GOP primary. Democrat Donald B. Kawalek of Bunker Hill entered the race Friday.

In District 54 attorney Laura R. Rose of Martinsburg who ran for the seat two years ago, will face Thomas G. Martin of Martinsburg in the Democratic primary. On the Republican side, D. Leon Close of Martinsburg is challenging incumbent John Overington of Martinsburg.

In other matchups, the race for county sheriff will likely pit incumbent Ronald E. Jones of Martinsburg, a Republican, against former sheriff Preston B. Gooden of Falling Waters, a Democrat. Barring any last-minute filers, Democrat Scott A. Ollar of Kearneysville, W.Va., will take on incumbent Republican Pamela Games-Neely of Shepherdstown for Berkeley County prosecuting attorney.

The only two candidates who have filed so far for the two nonpartisan school board seats up for grabs are incumbents William "Bill" Norris of Inwood and William F. Queen of Martinsburg.

Here is a list of the candidates for other offices in Berkeley County:

Assessor

* Evelyn M. Fink, a Democrat from Martinsburg.

* C. Frank Chapman, a Republican from Martinsburg.

* John D. Compton, a Republican from Martinsburg.

Berkeley County Magistrate

* Incumbent Sandra L. Miller, a Democrat from Martinsburg.

* Incumbent Joan V. Bragg, a Democrat from Martinsburg.

* John David Vanorsdale Sr., a Democrat from Martinsburg.

* Jim Humphrey, a Democrat from Martinsburg.

* Kristana Greer, a Republican from Martinsburg.

Surveyor

* Kirk W. Norton, a Democrat from Martinsburg.

* David M. Myers, a Republican from Martinsburg.

* Greg Yebernetsky, A Republican from Hedgesville.

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