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Douglas beats Reisenweber in 52nd District

November 08, 2000

Douglas beats Reisenweber in 52nd District



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Del. Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, won a sixth two-year term in the West Virginia House's 52nd District, according to final unofficial returns Wednesday.

Douglas beat her Republican opponent John Reisenweber by 3,530 votes to 3,011.

Douglas, 63, is a former school teacher and has been resident of Martinsburg since 1969.

Both she and Reisenweber, 30, said her experience probably played a big role in her victory.

"I would like to think that all things being equal, and if we're both capable candidates, that a few more people voted for experience," Douglas said.

"All things considered, being outspent 3-1, running against a 10-year incumbent who is a committee chair, well respected in the community and has done a pretty good job, I'm pretty satisfied," Reisenweber said.

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He said he will continue to work on issues important to him and will run for the Legislature or some office like county commissioner in the future.

Douglas' campaign focused on what she called "quality of life and safety-net issues," especially those related to children.

Reisenweber, 30, an environmental consultant from Martinsburg, said he believes the Legislature is an impediment to progress locally, since most major decision affecting life in the Eastern Panhandle are made in Charleston.

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