MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Howard Strauss led two other Republicans while C. B. "Butch" Pennington was running ahead of a fellow Democrat in the Berkeley County Commission primaries Tuesday.
With 41 of 46 precincts compiled, Strauss, 46, a commercial developer, had 1,622 votes. His GOP opponents, Steve Teufel and George Edward Cole Sr., had 1,114 and 353 votes, respectively.
In the Democratic primary, Pennington had 2,316 votes and Patricia Washington had 1,861, according to unofficial results.
If Strauss, 46, of Martinsburg, and Pennington, 53, of Martinsburg, hold their leads, they will face each other in November for a single vacant seat on the three-person commission.
D. Wayne Dunham, who holds the seat now, did not run for re-election.
Teufel, 40, is a part-time temporary employee for Federal Emergency Management Agency who lives in Martinsburg,
Cole, 75, is a private investigator and security officer who lives in Kearneysville, W.Va.
Pennington, the owner of Pennington's Auto Center since 1978, ran twice before for the Berkeley County Commission. He lost in a primary in 1992, and lost in a general election in 1998.