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Trump defeats challenger for delegate

November 08, 2000

Trump defeats challenger for delegate



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Morgan County voters Tuesday returned Republican incumbent Charles S. Trump IV to the state House of Delegates for a fifth two-year term.

Trump defeated Democratic challenger Claiborne Lashley by more than 3,000 votes to retain his 51st District House seat, according to final but unofficial returns from Morgan County's 13 precincts Wednesday.

Trump drew 5,179 votes to Lashley's 2,041.

Trump, 40, of Berkeley Springs, is a lawyer who served for four years as Morgan County prosecutor before making his first bid for a delegate seat.

He said he ran for a fifth term to help West Virginia maintain and advance fiscally responsible policies. He also believes that taxes are too high in the Mountain State and promised to push for what he called meaningful tax relief.

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He's said he likes the idea of pay scales for teachers, correctional officers, social workers and other state employees to be based on geographical regions.

He is married with three children.

Lashley, 45, of Hedgesville, W.Va., campaigned on cutting personal property and business taxes, cutting the cost of drugs for senior citizens through alliances with other states and creating legislation that forces accountability on economic development, including the establishment of impact fees.

He is self-employed as a lighting technician for television and films and has lived in Berkeley County for 25 years. A U.S. Navy veteran, Lashley has two children.

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