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Games-Neely leads prosecutor race

November 03, 2004

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Pamela Games-Neely, the incumbent Republican Berkeley County prosecutor, was holding a comfortable lead over Larry Crofford, her Democratic challenger, as of presstime Tuesday.

According to unofficial returns with 37 of the county's 59 voting precincts reporting at presstime, Games-Neely was leading Crofford 9,806 to 6,999 votes.

Games-Neely, who lives in Jefferson County near Shepherdstown, W.Va., 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 Jefferson County.

Both candidates boasted of having high conviction rates.

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

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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.

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