Snyder says DUI charge a factor in primary loss

May 13, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Sen. Herb Snyder said Wednesday he believes a drunken-driving charge filed against him last summer in Jefferson County was "very damaging" to his unsuccessful re-election bid in Tuesday's primary.

"I knew that was going to be trouble," said Snyder, who was defeated by Greg Lance in the Democratic primary.

Snyder on Wednesday reiterated that he has dealt with his drinking.

He said he thought things had gone well when he successfully tackled issues in the recent session of the Legislature.

"But it just wasn't enough. I'm pleased that 4,065 voters didn't give up on me," Snyder said.

Lance defeated Snyder with 4,571 votes to Snyder's 4,065, according to complete but unofficial results.

Snyder was charged with first-offense driving under the influence and DUI over .10 on Aug. 21, 2003, as he was leaving the Jefferson County Fair.


The case is pending in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

Lance's victory Tuesday means he will face Republican John Yoder in the Nov. 2 general election.

Yoder defeated Republican Earl Wilbourne with 3,870 votes to Wilbourne's 2,544 votes, according to complete but unofficial returns.

Final numbers in the other contested races in Jefferson County are as follows:

Board of Education

Winners of the two open seats are Jud Romine, with 4,219 votes, and Alan Sturm, with 2,933 votes, according to complete but unofficial results. The remaining candidates and their vote totals are incumbent Doris Cline, 2,780; George Ganak, 1,725; and Howard Stafford Leigh Koonce, 1,655.

57th House of Delegates

Incumbent Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, defeated Rod Snyder in the Democrat primary.

Doyle received 1,512 votes, while Snyder got 642 votes, according to complete but unofficial results. Doyle will face Republican Robert Murto on Nov. 2. Murto ran unopposed in the primary.

58th House of Delegates

In the Democratic primary, Locke Wysong handily defeated S. Marshall "Steve" Harris.

Wysong received 1,282 votes to Harris' 372, according to complete but unofficial results.

In the Republican primary race, Suzanne Morgan picked up 613 votes to defeat Fred Blackmer, who finished with 343.

Wysong and Morgan will face each other in the fall.

Jefferson County Commission

In the Democratic primary for the Shepherdstown, W.Va., seat on the County Commission, Jim Surkamp defeated Tom Trumble by a little more than 200 votes.

Surkamp received 2,157 votes, while Trumble got 1,955, according to complete but unofficial results.

Surkamp will face Republican Gary Phalen on Nov. 2.

Jefferson County Clerk

In the race to replace retiring county clerk John Ott, Scott Coyle won the Democratic primary with 1,578 votes, according to complete but unofficial results.

Jeral Milton was next, with 952 votes, and Stafford H. Koonce was third, with 511 votes.

Although Democrat Gary Kable dropped out of the race, he received 1,217 votes.

Coyle will face Republican Jennifer Maghan in the fall. Maghan ran unopposed in the primary.

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