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Yoder defeats Lance for 16th Senate district seat in W.Va.

November 03, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - With a 7,578 vote margin, Republican John Yoder won a successful bid to return to the state Senate when he defeated Democrat Greg Lance in Tuesday's general election, according to complete, unofficial returns.

With all precincts in Jefferson and Berkeley counties reporting, Yoder came away from the race with 27,899 votes compared to Lance's 20,321 votes, according to results.

Yoder collected 17,899 votes in Berkeley County and 10,000 votes in Jefferson County and Lance had 11,195 votes in Berkeley County and 9,126 votes in Jefferson County, according to results.

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The job, which involves representing Jefferson and Berkeley counties in the Senate, carries a four year term. It pays $15,000 a year.

Both candidates were looking to make a return to politics.

Yoder represented the same Senate district from 1992 to 1996, and the Harpers Ferry attorney has held other government jobs including serving as a state circuit judge in Kansas from 1976 to 1980.

Lance has political experience extends back to the 1970s and includes work on a city, county and state level.

When he was 23 years old, Lance was elected mayor of Ranson and led the city from 1978 to 1986. Lance was a Jefferson County Commissioner from 1986 to 1998 and was president of the West Virginia County Commissioners Association for two years.

Lance said it is important for the state to be more competitive in job creation and he proposed taking $50 million from the $150 million the state spends every year on economic development to help existing businesses expand.

Yoder said he wants to return to Charleston to address issues including high insurance rates and making sure the Eastern Panhandle has enough state funding to pay for new services needed because of population growth.

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