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Doyle claims victory in 57th District race

November 06, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Del. John Doyle pulled out a victory over Republican David Ebbitt Tuesday night, according to incomplete, unofficial election returns.

With all 29 precincts reporting, Doyle had received 2,667 votes compared to Ebbitt's 2,308 votes in the race for the 57th District Delegate seat.

Doyle and Ebbitt traded leads throughout the night Tuesday before Doyle began pulling away in the end.

A win for Doyle would mean he will serve another two years in the Legislature representing Shepherdstown, Kearneysville, Bakerton, Harpers Ferry and Bolivar.

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Doyle, of P.O. Box 1067, Shepherdstown, was initially elected to his seat in 1982 for a two-year term. He was re-elected in 1992 and has served since then.

Doyle said running against Ebbitt was a good experience because he was an intelligent candidate.

As for the future, Doyle said getting state funding for a second high school in Jefferson County is "job one for me. I will focus entirely on that until it is accomplished," said Doyle.

Ebbitt, an emergency medicine physician at City Hospital in Martinsburg, said he was running for office to bring attention to high medical malpractice insurance rates that he said are having an effect on medical care in the Eastern Panhandle.

The area has been losing doctors in critical care, neurology and obstetrics and much of the trend can be attributed to high medical malpractice insurance rates, said Ebbitt, 39, of 104 Hawthorn Court, Shepherdstown.

Doyle said he wanted to return to office to address issues such as improving public education, increasing funding for farmland protection and other issues related to population growth.

Doyle wants high schools to be required to add more required courses to their curriculum so students will have a better education in basic subject areas.

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