Choices are plentiful for W.Va. voters

May 10, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.VA. - Come Tuesday, it all will be handed over to the voters.

All the talk about the need to pass a $19 million school construction bond in Jefferson County, the push for a parks and recreation levy in Berkeley County and the scores of candidates seeking nomination to a wide slate of local, state and federal offices will be put to rest when voters go to the polls for Tuesday's primary election.

Although a number of races will continue in the fall, some will be decided Tuesday.

Besides bond issues, those races include board of education elections.

In Berkeley County, Paul Gavin and incumbents Bill Norris and Bill Queen are running for two seats on the Berkeley County Board of Education. In Jefferson County, incumbent Doris Cline and newcomers George Ganak, Howard Stafford Leigh Koonce, Jud Romine and Alan Sturm are running for two seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education.


Voters in Berkeley and Jefferson counties will nominate candidates for a 16th district state Senate seat. The Democratic incumbent, Sen. Herb Snyder, faces Greg Lance in the Democratic primary, and Earl Wilbourne and John Yoder face off in the Republican primary.

Among the state races are eight Democrats and six Republicans, including Berkeley County resident Larry Faircloth, who are seeking their party's nomination for West Virginia governor.

In the Secretary of State's race, seven Democrats are vying for their party's nomination. One Republican has filed in the race.

In the West Virginia State Supreme Court race, two Republicans and two Democrats are seeking nomination.

At the federal level, Democrats Howard Swint, Erik Wells and Christopher Turman are seeking their party's nomination in the 2nd district U.S. House of Representatives race.

The winner will face the incumbent, Shelley Moore Capito, in the fall.

Berkeley County

In Berkeley County, voters will decide whether to pass a proposed tax levy that would amount to one cent for every $100 of assessed Class II property.

For a house assessed at $100,000, the proposed levy would mean a tax increase for the homeowner of about $6 a year, officials said.

The levy will pay for expanding, improving and developing park facilities in the county, county officials said.

In the Democratic primary, attorneys Thomas Stanley and Larry Crofford will face each other in the race for Berkeley County prosecutor. The winner will face the incumbent, Pamela Games-Neely, in the Nov. 2 general election.

In the Republican primary, Curtis E. Keller and Ronald K. Collins will battle for their party's nomination to an open seat on the Berkeley County Commission. There is no Democratic candidate.

Democratic candidates Larry Hess and Brad Unger will square off in the race for Berkeley County assessor. The winner will face Republican Preston B. Gooden in the fall.

In the race for Berkeley County magistrate, six Republican candidates - Kristy Greer, Harry Snow, Tom Grove, Robert L. Lowe II, JoAnn Overington and Mary C. Teufel - will be reduced to five. The five Republican nominees will face four Democrats in the fall.

In the 53rd House of Delegates seat, Republican candidates Dewey L. Largent Jr. and Vic A. Roberts Jr. will battle for their party's nomination. Democrat Jerry Lynn Burton awaits the winner in November.

Jefferson County

Jefferson County voters will decide whether to pass a $19 million bond issue that will be used to help pay for a second high school. The bond issue has been touted not only as a way to deal with a growing student population, but to lay the groundwork for a well-trained work force in Jefferson County.

Democrats Jim Surkamp and Tom Trumble will face each other for their party's nomination for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission. Republican Gary Phalen will meet the winner on Nov. 2.

Democratic candidates Scott Coyle, Stafford H. Koonce and Jeral A. Milton will seek their party's nomination for Jefferson County clerk. The winner will face Republican Jennifer Maghan in the fall.

In the race for the 57th district House of Delegates seat, incumbent John Doyle will face Rod Snyder. The winner will run against Republican Robert Murto in the fall.

In the 58th House of Delegates race, Democrats Locke Wysong Jr. and S. Marshall "Steve" Harris will battle for their party's nomination, and on the Republican side, Fred Blackmer faces Suzanne Morgan.

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