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Surkamp leads in commission race

May 12, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jim Surkamp was leading Tom Trumble on Tuesday night in the Democratic primary race for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission, according to incomplete, unofficial returns.With 20 of 29 precincts reporting, Surkamp had 1,225 votes to Trumble's 1,159.

Surkamp and Trumble were running for the Shepherdstown, W.Va., seat on the commission currently held by James G. Knode, who is not seeking re-election.

The winner of the Democratic primary race will face Republican Gary Phalen in the Nov. 2 general election.

Terms on the commission are for six years, and the job will pay $30,800.

Surkamp is worried about the pace of residential growth in the county, a situation he referred to as "McMansion madness."

Surkamp, 55, of Shepherdstown, estimated there were about 20,000 building lots in the county and said residential development must be controlled before the county becomes "wall-to wall asphalt (and) traffic gridlock."

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Trumble, 59, of 2576 Warm Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction, is concerned about county government raising taxes sharply in coming years to pay for additional services needed because of population growth.

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