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Manuel retains seat in 56th District

November 08, 2000

Manuel retains seat in 56th District



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Delegate Dale Manuel beat Republican George Quinn in Tuesday balloting by a comfortable 1,718-vote margin, according to unofficial final results Wednesday.

Unofficial returns from all 30 Jefferson County voting precincts showed Manuel with 4,090 votes to 2,372 garnered by Quinn.

Manuel, 51 of Charles Town, has been elected to the House of Delegates six consecutive times since 1989.

The Wright Denny Elementary School teacher said he was seeking re-election to continue his effort to offer "effective constituent services."

Manuel said he enjoys being an advocate for Jefferson County residents in Charleston and preparing legislation to meet their needs when necessary.

Manuel said he would work to set up a meeting with The Jefferson County Commissioners, The Jefferson County Board of Education and the local state delegation to find out what people believe are the problem areas in regard to implementation of impact fees.

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Manuel supported efforts to protect citizens from unwanted telemarketing efforts, expanding W.Va. 9 and U.S. 340 and supported efforts to designate a percentage of video lottery proceeds for construction of schools in the county.

Quinn, former owner of the Iron Rail Inn in Charles Town, favored decreasing or eliminating the state food tax, turning the state Workers Compensation program over to the private sector and helping county governments take advantage of new authority under the Local Powers Act.

Quinn, 57, of Charles Town, also wanted to see the county encourage economic growth and to receive a larger amount of tax revenue from the state.

- Richard F. Belisle and Dave McMillion

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