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Incumbent leads in sheriff's race

November 03, 2004

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith, a Democrat, was soundly leading his Republican challenger Carlton "Cootsie" DeHaven Tuesday night, meaning he likely will serve a second term as head of the county's sheriff's department.

With 47 of the county's 59 precincts reporting, Smith was leading DeHaven 12,970 votes to 10,527, according to incomplete, unofficial results at presstime.

The sheriff, who is elected to a four-year term and is paid $52,400 a year, oversees the county's tax and law enforcement offices.

Smith, 57, was at the county courthouse Tuesday and greeted the results with "pleasure, happiness."

"I'm glad that the public has seen through all the allegations," Smith said, referring to a recent break-in at the tax department that some said was timed to negatively influence Smith's election results.

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DeHaven, 53, is a former deputy, city police officer and magistrate.

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