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Final tally confirms Nipps win

November 09, 2000

Final tally confirms Nipps win



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


Incumbent Doris Nipps not only hung onto her win over challenger Russell Williams in the Washington County Board of Election race, but she also increased the margin of victory to 749 votes, up from 511, after absentee ballots were counted Thursday.

Of the 2,641 absentee ballots sent out, 2,424 were returned as of Tuesday, according to election officials.

Nipps, who has served six years on the School Board, finished with 16,612 votes. Williams received 15,863 votes.

"I'm glad it's over," said Nipps after Board of Elections officials announced the final tally. "I was hoping that it would hold, and I'm glad it did."

She and Williams were present while the absentee votes were counted.

Williams, a retired teacher, has said he plans to volunteer for activities at his church now that he won't be joining the seven-member School Board.

"I've been saying that if I win I have socially useful things to do, and if I lose, my minister has socially useful things for me to do," Williams said.

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Nipps will serve on the board for four more years with newcomers Bernadette Wagner, Roxanne Ober and Edward Forrest. Current members J. Herbert Hardin, Mary Wilfong and Board President Paul Bailey will be up for re-election in two years.

Bernadette Wagner, the top vote-getter in the School Board race picked up 1,160 absentee votes, bringing her total to 26,270, up from 25,110. Ober had 25,627 votes after absentee ballots were counted, up from Tuesday's 24,543 and Forrest finished with 18,853, up from 18,050.

Losing incumbents Andrew Humphreys and Edwin Hayes tallied 12,541 and 12,251 votes, while John Cohen finished with 10,736 votes in his unsuccessful bid for the School Board.

School Board members will be sworn in on Dec. 5.

The voter turnout in Washington County increased to 69 percent with the absentee ballots, up from 65 percent. Of the 69,422 registered voters in the county, 47,584 cast ballots.

In other races, U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett Jr.'s total Washington County votes increased to 27,984, up from 26,525, while Democratic challenger Donald DeArmon received 17,834, up from 16,963.

Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., finished with 22,353 votes in Washington County after absentee ballots were counted. Republican challenger Paul Rappaport finished with 23,284 votes. While Rappaport was victorious in Washington County, Sarbanes won the state and was elected to a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

In the presidential race, Texas Gov. George W. Bush received more votes than Vice President Al Gore with 27,937 votes to Gore's 18,215 votes.

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