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Five races are key in Berkeley

May 08, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five contested races for Berkeley County offices will be the focal point of today's West Virginia primary ballot. Three races are among Republicans and two involve Democrats.

Voters will decide Republican and Democratic races for their parties' nominations for the 54th District House of Delegates seat, and two Republicans are squaring to run for the 53rd delegate seat.

Also, three Democrats are vying for a new Circuit Court seat. The winner will have no Republican opposition in November.

One of the most hard-fought campaigns has been among four Democrats hoping to earn their party's nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Bob Wise, who is running for governor.

Voting booths will stay open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Results in Berkeley County will be tabulated at the county courthouse at the corner of King and Queen streets.

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County Clerk John Small, whose seat is not up for election, was anticipating a voter turnout of around 35 percent, which he said is about average for the county.

The county seats have been hotly contested, too.

Three Republicans and two Democrats are competing for a single seat on the County Commission.

Two Democrats are battling for the right to take on incumbent Republican Sheriff Ronald Jones.

Three Republicans are pitted against each other for assessor, and two Republicans are running in the surveyor primary.

Two positions on the Berkeley County Board of Education are up for election, but there are only two candidates, both incumbents.

There are also uncontested races for county prosecutor, magistrate, 51st District delegate, 52nd District delegate and 16th District state senator.

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