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Trump defeats Law, Tutor in 51st District

November 06, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Incumbent Del. Charles S. Trump IV swamped his Democratic and Mountain Party opponents in a three-way race Tuesday to keep his 51st District seat, according to complete, but unofficial returns.

The district covers all of Morgan County and the easternmost parts of Hampshire County.

According to unofficial returns, Trump, 42, of Berkeley Springs, handily won a sixth two-year term with 2,870 votes, 2,056 more than Vicky Law, 51, of Martinsburg Road, Morgan County, who came in second with 814 votes.

Barbara Tutor, 69, the Mountain Party candidate, finished in third place with 382 votes.

The dominant issues in the district this year were all-terrain vehicles, education, mountaintop removal and medical malpractice insurance.

With doctors threatening to leave the state because of high malpractice insurance premiums, the issue has taken on statewide significance.

Trump favored capping jury judgments in medical malpractice suits at $250,000 for non-economic charges.

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Law and Tutor opposed caps. They said insurance premiums are the problems of insurance companies, which are raising rates to make up for stock losses.

All three also feel ATV drivers should have driver's licenses and wear protective helmets.

Tutor was the most passionate of the three in opposing mountaintop removal, the practice of taking the tops of mountains to get to the coal seams below.

Trump said he has concerns about the environmental impact of mountaintop removal, but said it's safer than deep-shaft mining.

Law said she saw both sides of the issue - environmental and economic.

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