Newcomers elected to Berkeley Board of Education

May 15, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg attorney Rick Pill was the top vote-getter among six candidates seeking the three open seats on the Berkeley County Board of Education Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial results.

With all of the county's 58 precincts reporting, Pill led the way with 4,883 votes, with incumbent Todd Beckwith in second place with 4,164 votes.

The third and final seat was won by former state delegate and Berkeley County Commissioner Patrick Murphy with 3,253 votes.

Incumbent board member William Sonnik will not regain his seat. He finished fourth with 3,111 votes.

Annie Otto and Robin Danfelt rounded out the voting with 2,947 and 1,317 votes, respectively.

The top three vote-getters gain seats. The board of education races are nonpartisan.

Board members serve a term of four years and receive $160 per meeting, limited to 50 meetings per year.

Pill, 50, of 911 Hoffman Road, Martinsburg, was vice president on the Berkeley County Development Authority until he resigned to run for the school board.


Beckwith, 53, of 236 Evans Run Drive, Martinsburg, is a banker at City National Bank. He served two previous terms on the board.

Murphy, 54, of 1044 Trent Arden Court, Martinsburg, is a fifth-grade teacher at Wright Denny Intermediate School.

Sonnik, 56, of 331 Richard St., Martinsburg, has worked in communications for 33 years and is currently employed by Verizon. He was seeking his third four-year term.

Otto, 65, of 135 Ben Speck Road, Hedgesville, retired after serving the Berkeley County School system for 26 years, including a 12-year term as president of Berkeley County School Service Personnel.

Danfelt, 44, of 12723 Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville, has been in banking her entire life and currently works at 167th Federal Credit Union in Martinsburg.

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