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Greer leading in magistrate race

May 12, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Incumbent Kristy Greer was leading a pack of six Republicans seeking their party's nomination in the primary race for Berkeley County magistrate, with 27 of 59 precincts reporting.Greer, with 1,138 votes, was followed closely by JoAnn Overington, who had 1,113 votes. Other results showed Robert L. Lowe II with 935 votes, incumbent Harry Snow with 931 and Tom Grove with 914 and Mary C. Teufel with 767 .

The top five vote-getters will face four Democrats who ran unopposed in their party's primary. They are incumbents Joan Bragg, Sandy Miller and Scott Paugh, and challenger Ywatta "Nessy" Mitchell. The Democrats automatically advance to the nine-way race in the Nov. 2 general election.

The top five vote-getters in November will be sworn in.

Magistrates serve four-year terms and make $40,000 a year.

Greer, 41, won her first term in 2000. Before that she was a magistrate for the City of Martinsburg.

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Overington, 57, is a retired teacher. She's the treasurer of the Berkeley County Humane Society and is married to Del. John Overington, R-Berkeley.

Lowe, 54, of Martinsburg, a Vietnam War veteran, lost two previous races - for county assessor in 2000 and for the House of Delegates in 2002.

Snow, 59, a former Martinsburg City Police officer, was appointed the county's fifth magistrate in 2001.

Grove, 39, of Martinsburg, is a Navy veteran and works as a radiation technician at nuclear power plants.

Teufel, 48, of Martinsburg, worked for 22 years as a probation officer. Her husband, Steve Teufel, is a Berkeley County Commissioner.

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