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Maghan wins Jefferson Co. Clerk race

November 03, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Republican Jennifer Maghan edged out Democrat Scott Coyle in the race Tuesday for Jefferson County Clerk Tuesday night, according to complete, unofficial election results.

With all 29 precincts reporting, Maghan collected 9,714 votes compared to Coyle's 9,111 votes, according to results.

The county clerk oversees county elections and the storage of records including property deeds and wills. The salary for the position is $46,200 and the term is six years.

The job was up for grabs this year because longtime County Clerk John Ott is stepping down.

Maghan said previously that she has experience in different backgrounds including the military and business and she now wants to offer her skills to county government.

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Maghan, of 73 Appamattox Lane, Shepherdstown, said she supports use of the Internet to make public records available for viewing online, supports the idea of televising Jefferson County Commission meetings and wants to make sure the county's historical records are preserved.

Maghan is married and she and her husband Rex have four boys.

Coyle said he has high regards of Ott and wanted to carry on much of Ott's philosophy forward if elected.

Coyle, of Charles Town, said he became interested in the position partly due to the deep history associated with the county's land records, some of which date back to the Civil War and to the 1700s.

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