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Four of five Berkeley County magistrates win seats

November 03, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four of Berkeley County's five magistrates were re-elected Tuesday, while one challenger will sit on the bench for the first time.

Magistrates Joan Bragg, a Democrat; Kristy Greer, a Republican; Sandra Miller, a Democrat; and Harry Snow, a Republican, were re-elected.

Incumbent Scott Paugh, a Democrat, will not serve another term, having been ousted by newcomer JoAnn Overington, a Republican.

According to complete but unofficial election results, the candidates had received the following number of votes: Greer, 18,068; Snow, 16,070; Overington, 15,662; Miller, 15,651; Bragg, 15,595; Grove, 13,774; Lowe, 13,762; Paugh, 11,672; and Mitchell, 9,692.

Although magistrate candidates must identify with a party, the top five vote-getters were elected without regard to party affiliation.

Magistrates serve four-year terms and are paid $40,000 a year.

When asked to discuss the position before the election, all of the candidates said a magistrate must be fair and impartial when presiding over cases.

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Joan V. Bragg, 57, has been a magistrate for 16 years, while Miller 59, has served as a magistrate for 12 years.

Kristy Greer, 41, served as a Martinsburg Municipal Court magistrate before being elected as a county magistrate in 2000.

JoAnn Overington, 57, retired in 2001 after working for more than 30 years as a teacher. She is married to Del. John Overington, R-Berkeley.

Harry Lee Snow, 59, served for four years in the U.S. Navy and worked for 21 years as a Martinsburg Police Department officer. He also worked for 11 years as a federal court security officer and U.S. Marshal.

Scott Paugh, 43, had been appointed a magistrate in December 2003 to fill the seat held by Carlton "Cootsie" DeHaven, who resigned to run an apparently unsuccessful campaign for sheriff.

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