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W.Va. state senator keeps seat

November 08, 2000

W.Va. state senator keeps seat



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Democrat incumbent State Sen. Herb Snyder squeaked by Republican Greg Corliss in Tuesday's election to win a second, four-year term in the state Senate representing the 16th District, according to complete but unofficial returns.

Snyder outdistanced Corliss by 353 votes in a contest in which nearly 20,000 votes were cast, according to the returns Wednesday.

According to returns from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, Snyder, 47, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., got 19,813 votes over Corliss' 19,460 votes.

Snyder received 7,472 votes in Jefferson County, 10,327 in Berkeley County and 2,014 in Morgan County.

Corliss, 70, also of Shenandoah Junction, a retired U.S. Marine Corps major general, drew 6,057 votes in Jefferson County, 11,052 in Berkeley and 2,351 in Morgan.

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Snyder, a father of six, said during his campaign that he wanted a second term so he could continue the work he started in the Senate.

A former member of The Jefferson County Commission, Snyder said his background as an environmental chemist is useful in the Senate because it helps him to strike a balance between the needs of the industrial and commercial communities and the state's environmental needs.

Other issues important to Snyder are family law matters, tax credits to families who adopt children and protecting local governments and their funds.

Corliss flew helicopters in combat before his promotion to major general. He commanded Marine Corps air bases on the East Coast and served as commander of the Marine base at Cherry Point, N.C. Corliss served in the Marine Corps for 33 years before retiring to Shenandoah Junction.

He campaigned on his military record, saying that as a retired Marine he could bring discipline and attention to the programs affecting the district.

He also promised to push for reform of the state's worker's compensation rates and payoffs, which he called among the highest in the nation.

Corliss has three children and three grandchildren.

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