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Doyle wins 57th District W.Va. delegate seat

November 03, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Voters agreed to give Del. John Doyle his seventh consecutive two-year term in the House of Delegates Tuesday when he defeated Republican Robert Murto in the race for the 57th District House seat, according to complete, but unofficial results.

With all 29 precincts reporting, Doyle had 4,830 votes compared to Murto's 3,529 votes, according to results.

The job pays $15,000 a year.

Doyle said previously he has been successful in pushing for better public education, health care and land use programs and looked forward to continued success if he is elected.

Doyle said he was instrumental securing $25 million in state funding to help build second high school in Jefferson County.

In May, Jefferson County voters approved a $19 million bond to help pay for the second high school, which will be built at the Huntfield development about a mile south of U.S. 340.

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The project, which will cost about $48 million, will include a renovation of Jefferson High School.

Murto, 56, of 887 Cherry Run Road,Harpers Ferry, said he was running for the delegate seat because West Virginia is "first in all the bad issues and last in all the good issues."

Murto, who retired after working as a mail carrier for 30 years, said he is particularly troubled by the state's high level of debt and ways lawmakers choose to spend tax money.

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