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Recount postponed in Berkeley County, W.Va.

May 31, 2002|by SARAH MULLIN

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A recount of the Republican vote for the Berkeley County Commission primary was postponed until today at 9 a.m. because of a lack of a quorum.

James L. Edwards, of Hedgesville, W.Va., requested a recount of the primary election ballots last week. Following a canvassing of the votes from the May 14 primary election, Edwards trailed opponent Steve Teufel, of Martinsburg, by eight votes.

The candidate with the most votes after the recount will face Democrat Butch Pennington of Martinsburg in the Nov. 5 general election for a spot on the Berkeley County Commission.

The recount was supposed to begin Thursday afternoon.

County Clerk John Small contacted Commissioner John Wright Thursday morning after he failed to appear for the regularly scheduled county commission meeting, Commission President Howard Strauss said.

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Wright said he was suffering from flu-like systems but expects to be at the recount this morning, Strauss said.

Commissioner Robert Burkhart has been absent from the commission meetings since late April due to a minor stroke he suffered last month. Burkhart is now home recuperating.

Since Burkhart's absence the commission has consisted of only two members, Wright and Strauss, which is the required number for a quorum.

If there is no quorum today, the recount will be postponed until Monday at 1 p.m.

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