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Whitacre wins 56th District race

May 15, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jim Whitacre defeated two other Republicans for the nomination in the Republican primary for the two-county 56th Delegate District, according to complete but unofficial returns Tuesday.

Whitacre will face Democrat Robert C. (Bob) Tabb in November. Tabb was unopposed in the Democratic race.

Whitacre received 198 votes in Berkeley County and 53 in Jefferson County for a total of 251, with all precincts reporting.

Tom Grove received 135 in Berkeley County and 98 in Jefferson for a total of 233. Donald Shoemaker came in third with 84 votes in Berkeley County and 103 in Jefferson for a total of 187.

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Delegates serve two-year terms and earn $15,000.

Tabb, 50, of 1870 Darke Lane, Kearneysville, is the owner of Town and Country Nursery and is a farmer.

Whitacre, 40, of 3829 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, is the owner of Jim Whitacre Excavating and is the property manager of Whitacre Mobile Home Park.

Grove, 37, of 919 Thompson St., Martinsburg, works at Boltz Hardware and is a radiation safety technician for Bartlett Nuclear.

Shoemaker, 54, of 347 Lariat Drive, Kearneysville, is a controller for Cumberland Valley Fabricators in Hagerstown.

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