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Collins leading Keller in commission race

May 12, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ronald K. Collins was leading Curtis E. Keller in Tuesday's Republican primary in his bid to become the GOP's nominee in the Nov. 2 election for Berkeley County Commissioner. Collins held an early lead, which increased as more precincts reported. He led 2,021 votes to 1,373 with 46 of 59 precincts reporting at press time.

No Democrat filed for the office, which pays $30,800. Commissioners serve six-year terms.

John Fink, Democratic county chairman, said the party still has a few weeks to name a candidate to challenge the Republican winner in the Nov. 2 general election.

Collins, 64, a local insurance agent who plans to retire at the end of the year, ran on two issues - improving the county's police and fire departments and increasing funding for parks and recreation.

Keller, 52, retired in August 2000 as a deputy with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and is a lifelong county resident.

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