Games-Neely easily wins Berkeley Co. prosecutor

November 03, 2004

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Pamela Games-Neely, the incumbent Republican Berkeley County prosecutor, handily beat Larry Crofford, her Democratic challenger, in Tuesday's election.

According to complete but unofficial results, Games-Neely defeated Crofford 19,194 votes to 12,363 votes.

Games-Neely, who lives in Jefferson County near Shepherdstown, was appointed prosecutor in 1993 and has won re-election to consecutive four-year terms since.

Crofford, 56, lives in Martinsburg. He is an assistant prosecutor in adjoining Jefferson County, W.Va.

Both candidates boasted of having high conviction rates.

Games-Neely said that she convicted 98 percent of the defendants she prosecuted, while Crofford said his conviction rate exceeds 95 percent.

Crofford and Games-Neely grew up in the state's northern Panhandle. Both obtained law degrees from West Virginia University.

The prosecutor's job in Berkeley County pays $83,600 a year.

- By Richard F. Belisle

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