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Faircloth wins 11th term

November 08, 2000

Faircloth wins 11th term



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Republican incumbent Larry V. Faircloth won an 11th two-year term as Berkeley County's 53rd District delegate in Tuesday's balloting by garnering more votes than Democrat Don Kawalek.

Voters cast 3,811 ballots for Faircloth compared to 2,913 for Kawalek, giving Faircloth an 898-vote edge, according to final but unofficial returns from 46 precincts Wednesday.

Faircloth, 52, an Inwood real estate broker and a Berkeley County native, said he is committed to serving in the Legislature. He said his experience in the state House has become invaluable to the district and puts him far ahead of a rookie delegate who would have to start from scratch.

He said his major areas of concern are job creation and business to help beef up the area's tax base. Faircloth said he is a strong supporter of the new community college set to open in January in Martinsburg.

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Kawalek, 46, has lived in the Bunker Hill area for 15 years. He teaches technology education at Musselman Middle School. A self-taught musician, he builds dulcimers.

Kawalek stressed family values and education as the foundation of his campaign. He also said he would push to strengthen and enforce the state's laws against drunken driving and work to increase the affordability and availability of health insurance for state residents.

- Richard F. Belisle

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