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Boober wins Democrat nomination for Jefferson sheriff

May 10, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Former Ranson Police Chief Everett "Ed" Boober won the four-way Democratic primary for the Democratic nomination to run for Jefferson County Sheriff Tuesday, according to unofficial returns.

With all 30 precincts reporting, Boober collected 1,982 votes, John A. Jefferies received 899 votes, S. Marshall Harris had 439 votes and Jerry L. Rouss had 224 votes, according to returns.

Boober thanked voters for their support following his Democratic nomination at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday night.

Boober will face Republican Kevin Alden in the general election.

Alden, who ran unopposed on the GOP ballot, collected 1,109 votes.

Alden, 47, lives in Harpers Ferry and is a security officer for the U.S. Coast Guard.

"I made no promises I cannot keep. I intend to work very hard," Boober said.

Boober, 58, of Middleway, said he wanted to find ways to cut the sheriff's department's response time to calls. He said he would evaluate the department's workload and determine if there is a way for the sheriff's reserve unit to take on other department duties - such as serving court papers - to free up more time for deputies.

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Boober said he also wanted to increase dialogue between the sheriff's department and the public, saying it could lead to better crime fighting if the two work together.

Increasing the number of deputies, expanding hours of patrol and attacking drug trafficking and drunk were among the priorities of the candidates for sheriff, which pays a base salary of $33,250.

Current Sheriff Bill Senseney has is serving his second four year term and cannot run again.

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