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Silver leads in final count for judgeship

May 15, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With all the Democratic primary ballots counted, Gray Silver III now leads David Camilletti by 31 votes in the race for a new Circuit Court judgeship.

The victory remains unofficial until at least Wednesday, when officials in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties will meet to certify the results. That's also the deadline for candidates to ask for a recount.

Camilletti said Monday he will decide today whether to ask for a recount. "Obviously, I'm leaning towards it," he said.

Because no Republicans ran for the judge's seat, the Democratic primary decides the overall winner.

The winner of the election will be the fourth judge in the 23rd Circuit, which stretches across the Eastern Panhandle. The other three judges ran unopposed for re-election.

After last Tuesday's Democratic primary, Silver, a Martinsburg resident, was leading Camilletti, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., by 15 votes, according to unofficial election results from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

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Patrick Henry of Martinsburg was a distant third.

On Friday and Monday, Silver picked up 68 votes from absentee ballots and challenged ballots, while Camilletti added 52 votes.

Silver now has 3,838 votes, Camilletti has 3,807 and Henry has 2,195, according to a tally of the three counties.

The last remaining ballots were counted Monday morning in Berkeley County. County Clerk John Small said the County Commission will meet on Wednesday to declare the final winner.

Jefferson County officials counted the remaining votes on Friday, then checked the results of two random precincts by hand on Monday, and found that they matched the computer count, according to Assistant Clerk Yvette Liskey.

Morgan County tallied absentee votes and challenged ballots on Friday, Deputy Clerk Debbie Ditto said.

Final unofficial counts show that Silver was the top vote-getter in Berkeley County with 2,267 votes to Camilletti's 1,249 and in Morgan County, where he received 502 to Camilletti's 466.

Camilletti took Jefferson County with 2,092 votes to Silver's 1,069.

Henry finished second in Berkeley County and third in the other two counties.

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