CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Voter turnout for today's primary election in Jefferson County could be higher than in previous years as voters have the chance to select candidates for County Commission, sheriff, Board of Education, circuit judge, magistrate and other races.
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Jefferson County Clerk John Ott said at first he thought the turnout might be low. But considering some of the races, including a five-way Democratic run for an open seat on the County Commission and the "hullabaloo" over the four-way race for School Board, turnout might be high, Ott said.
There were initially five candidates for two seats on the School Board, but Kabletown District candidate Nancy Lutz stepped aside. Lutz believed candidate Lori Stilley was running in the Charles Town District, but after it was determined Stilley was running in the Kabletown District, Lutz said she decided to step down.
Lutz and Stilley have said they share many of the same ideas about education and did not want to run against each other, although Lutz's name will still appear on the ballot.