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Trump leads in race for 51st District seat

May 15, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Incumbent Charles Trump, Republican minority leader in the West Virginia House of Delegates, was leading George L. Sneathen in the Republican primary Tuesday for the 51st District seat.

Trump was leading Sneathen 1,362 to 191 for the Republican Party's nomination, according to unofficial returns from Morgan and Hampshire counties. Trump beat Sneathen 1,220 to 98 in Morgan County with all 13 precincts reporting. The count did not include absentee ballots, election officials said.

He was leading Sneathen 142-93 in Hampshire County with 20 of the county's 23 precincts in.

Trump, a Berkeley Springs lawyer, is seeking his fifth two-year term.

Sneathen, 43, of Delray, W.Va., near Capon Bridge in Hampshire County, was making his first try at political office.

The 51st District's lines were changed in last fall's redistricting. It covers Morgan County and parts of western Hampshire County, including Sneathen's hometown. Sneathen trains correctional officers at the West Correctional Training Academy at Allegany College in Cumberland, Md.

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In November, Trump will face Democratic candidate Vicky Law, who lives on W.Va. 9 east of Berkeley Springs. Law was unopposed in that party's primary.

Trump also has a challenge in the general election from Barbara Tutor of Berkeley Springs. Tutor was nominated to represent the new independent Mountain Party in November.

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