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Three file to challenge Snyder for W.Va. Senate seat

January 28, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Three Eastern Panhandle of West Virginina residents have filed to run against a state senator from Jefferson County while in Berkeley County the race for five magistrate seats could turn out to be one of the most contested in November.

State Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, has filed for re-election. He is joined by three others seeking his seat.

As of Tuesday afternoon, R. Gregory Lance, a Democrat, of Breckenridge Way in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; R. Earl Wilbourne, a Republican, of W.Va. 1 in Charles Town, W.Va.; and John Yoder, a Republican, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., filed to run for the seat, according to the Secretary of State's Office Web site.

Five months ago, Snyder said he was debating whether to seek another term. On Aug. 21, 2003, he was charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly failed four field sobriety tests and registered a .267 on a breath test.

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At that time Snyder said he had a lot on his mind, including a diagnosis a year earlier of prostate cancer and concerns over the economy. He owns three corporations.

State senators serve four-year terms and make $15,000 a year.

In Berkeley County, another person has added her name to the list of those seeking a magistrate's job.

Ywatta "Nssy" Mitchell, a caseworker with the Family Law Master's office, filed this week to run. Mitchell, of Gemstone Drive in Martinsburg, is a Democrat.

Mitchell is joined by all five magistrates and three others seeking a seat.

The top five vote-getters in November's election, without regard to party affiliation, will win the seats.

The incumbents are: Sandy Miller, a Democrat, of Butlers Chapel Road in Martinsburg, W.Va.; Joan Bragg, a Democrat, of Jasmine Lane in Martinsburg; Kristy Greer, a Republican, of Martinsburg; Harry Lee Snow, a Republican, of Back Creek Valley Road in Hedgesville; and Scott E. Paugh, a Democrat, of Kilmer Court in Martinsburg.

Snow was appointed in April 2001 after the state gave Berkeley County an additional magistrate's slot. Paugh was appointed in December to fill a vacancy left by Carlton "Cootsie" DeHaven, who resigned to run for sheriff.

Others seeking one of the seats include Republican JoAnn Overington of Hoffman Road in Martinsburg. Overington is the wife of Del. John Overington, R-Berkeley.

Mary Teufel, also a Republican, is seeking a seat as well. She is the wife of County Commissioner Steve Teufel.

Rounding out the nine people seeking a seat is Thomas Wesley Grove of Thompson Street in Martinsburg, a Republican.

Other filings this week included Scott Funk, a Democrat, who is seeking the 52nd District House of Delegates seat held by Del. Craig Blair. Blair, a Republican, is seeking re-election.

Dewey S. Largent Jr., a Republican, is running for the 53rd District House of Delegates seat held by Del. Larry Faircloth. Faircloth, a Republican, has filed to run for governor.

Candidates for all offices have until Jan. 31 to file.

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