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Buck, Duke win nominations for 54th District seat

May 15, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Democrat Dale Buck and Republican Walter Edwin Duke won their respective party nominations Tuesday in the race for Berkeley County's 54th Delegate District.

Buck beat Kimber White in the Democratic contest 651-548, according to unofficial but complete election returns with all 58 precincts reporting.

On the Republican side, Duke beat Robert L. Lowe 468-370.

The seat, under the old redistricting map, was held by Democrat Vicki Douglas, who chose not to run again.

Buck, 49, a Berkeley County attorney, cut his political teeth as a 12-year member of the Hedgesville Town Council.

White, 42, of Martinsburg, is co-owner of the Boomtown Restaurant at 522 W. King St. He has run unsuccessfully for office before. Four years ago, he lost a Democratic primary against Douglas and two years ago made a failed bid for a seat on the Martinsburg City Council.

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Duke, 54, of 112 Tavern Road, Martinsburg, campaigned on a platform of better use of the tax dollars spent by the state. He argued that while personal property taxes increased by $43 million in one year, taxes for big business in the state decreased by the same amount. This is Duke's first try at public office.

Lowe, 52, of 1406 Loweland Drive, Martinsburg, is a former U.S. treasury agent. He made an unsuccessful run for Berkeley County assessor two years ago.

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