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Teufel wins Berkeley County Commission race

November 06, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three times proved to be the charm for Steve Teufel.

After two unsuccessful attempts, Teufel, a Republican, was elected to a seat on the Berkeley County Commission Tuesday by a 3-2 margin, beating his Democratic challenger, Butch Pennington.

Teufel, 43, will replace current Commissioner Robert Burkhart, who did not seek re-election. All three county commissioners now are Republicans. Teufel garnered 9,272 votes, while Pennington received 6,968 votes, according to complete but unofficial returns.

The key issue in the race may have been the much-discussed topic of zoning, which Teufel opposed, but Pennington favored.

In an interview conducted before the election, Teufel said he believes zoning will drive up home prices and prevent lower-income families from owning homes. Businesses might not locate in the county if workers cannot buy a home, he said.

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He also hopes to have five, rather than the current three, county commissioners.

Teufel, a Hedgesville High School graduate, received a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. He ran a pork farm for several years, then worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He left that job to become a full-time candidate, he said.

County commissioners, who are elected at-large, serve six-year terms.

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