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Republicans pick Snyder's opponent

May 08, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Although it will not affect today's primary election, Republicans have selected a retired U.S. Marine pilot to run against state Sen. Herb Snyder in the fall, according to the Secretary of State's office.

No Republican filed to run in today's primary election for the 16th District Senate seat currently held by Snyder, D-Jefferson.

The Republican 16th Senatorial District Executive Committee had until Monday to nominate someone from the party to run against Snyder in the Nov. 7 general election, said Cindy Smith, special assistant in the Secretary of State's office.

Last week, the committee selected Gregory A. Corliss of Shenandoah Junction to face Snyder, Smith said.

Corliss was a pilot in the Vietnam War and works as a consultant for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Va., which does defense research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Corliss said.

Corliss said he has had a hand in a movie. In 1969, he flew a plane for the filming of"Tora, Tora, Tora."

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"You never see me, but I'm there," Corliss said.

Corliss is 70, "so you don't have to worry about me being an incumbent too long," he said.

He said his wife is a Democrat, which reflects his capability. "It proves I can get along with the other side."

Corliss said he did not seek out the chance to run against Snyder.

Local Republicans approached a Marine friend of Corliss' and asked him if he would approach Corliss about running.

Corliss said he decided to run because it offered him a new opportunity.

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