Silver declared winner in W.Va. judge race
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ruling there was "absolutely no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation" in the race for the 23rd Circuit judge race last May, the Berkeley County Commissioners declared Gray Silver III the winner of the race.
David Camilletti, the candidate who requested a hearing to contest the race, said he believes the commissioners' decision has "flaws" and he is considering appealing the ruling to Berkeley County Circuit Court.
Camilletti contended there were numerous improprieties in ballots and procedures in virtually every Berkeley County precinct.
Camilletti knocked 16 votes from Silver's lead after the commissioners discarded ballots that were missing poll clerks' signatures.
The hearing also revealed five Democratic ballots that ended up among the Republican ballots. But when the ballots were found, they were blank, said Commissioner Robert L. Burkhart.
In the end, Camilletti still trailed Silver by 23 votes.