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Wysong defeats Morgan in 58th

November 03, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.- Democrat Locke Wysong is on his way to the Legislature after defeating Republican Suzanne Morgan in the race for the 58th District House of Delegates seat Tuesday night, according to complete, unofficial results.

With all 29 precincts reporting, Wysong collected 4,203 votes and Morgan had 3,596 votes, according to returns.

The 58th District House seat is currently held by Dale Manuel, but he decided against a re-election bid so he could run for a Jefferson County Commission seat, which he won Tuesday night.

The House of Delegates position has a two year term and it pays $15,000 a year.

Both Wysong and Morgan said economic development in Jefferson County and getting the local school system the resources it needs were priorities in their platforms.

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Morgan, whose work experience includes running her own consulting business that helps people manage political campaigns, said she can see the potential for economic development in the county.

But Morgan, of Charles Town, said no businesses are going to come to Jefferson County given the fact that the state Workers' Compensation program has a $4.2 billion debt.

Wysong said reforms are good, but what the area needs in order to attract business is basic services such as advanced communication networks, expanded sewer, natural gas and new roads.

Wysong, of Charles Town, said he also wants to see the West Virginia Development Office to get more involved in attracting businesses to the county.

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