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Coyle leads in race for clerk seat

May 12, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Scott Coyle was ahead in a three-way race for Jefferson County Clerk in the Democratic primary election Tuesday night, according to incomplete, unofficial returns.Coyle had 944 votes, compared to 553 votes for Jeral A. Milton and 308 votes for Stafford H. Koonce, with 20 of 29 precincts reporting.

Even though Democrat Gary Kable had dropped out of the race early in the campaign, he received 754 votes, putting him in second place.

The winner of the Democratic race will face Republican Jennifer Maghan in the Nov. 2 general election.

The term of the county clerk is six years, and on July 1 the salary of the job will increase to $46,200.

The county clerk oversees the county's election process and is the keeper of records including property deed and wills.

Coyle, who is a building inspector for Charles Town, said he became interested in the position partly due to the deep history associated with the county's land records, some of which date to the 1700s.

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Coyle lives in Charles Town.

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