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School board members file for re-election in Jefferson Co.

January 10, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Lori Stilley, Delores Milstead and Cheryl Huff filed papers Monday to run for re-election to the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Stilley, Milstead and Huff were elected to the board in 2002 and each is finishing her first four-year term.

The three will vie for their seats in the May 9 nonpartisan election for the board of education.

Stilley, who is president of the board of education; Milstead, who is vice president; and Huff filed re-election papers together in the Jefferson County Clerk's office on the first day of the candidate filing period.

In Jefferson County, candidates for office may file to run for re-election this year until Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan said.

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Candidates also may file until Jan. 28 at midnight, although to meet that deadline they must appear in person at the state Secretary of State's office in Charleston, W.Va., Maghan said.

When Stilley, Milstead and Huff won their seats in 2002, one defeated board of education member said he knew it would be difficult to hold onto his seat because the three women had run as "a team."

Although Stilley said at the time the three new board members had their own platforms, Stilley said it was county residents who made the three into a team.

Stilley said it began when a group of citizens ran an ad in a newspaper encouraging people to vote for Stilley, Milstead and Huff. The three later were invited as a group to forums, Stilley said.

Milstead said Monday that she and Stilley and Huff have worked as a team and have agreed on most issues.

"It has been a remarkably good relationship," Milstead said.

Milstead said when she, Stilley and Huff disagree, "which is not that often," each respects the others' opinions.

Milstead on Monday listed the board's accomplishments so far, such as getting the second high school project off the ground, convincing voters to pass a $19 million bond issue to help pay for the school, pushing for school impact fees, increasing the college attendance rate among county students, increasing funding for school maintenance and improving the formula for funding to offset growing student populations.

Stilley said Monday she was looking at her campaign brochure from the last election and noticed that all the campaign promises has been fulfilled, "and then some."

"We really have this neat, five-member team that works well together," Stilley said.

No more than two people may represent a magisterial district on the board of education. Milstead represents the Middleway, W.Va., district, Huff represents the Charles Town district and Stilley represents the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., district.

The other two board members, Alan Sturm and Jody Ebbitt, both of whom represent the Shepherdstown, W.Va., district, are not up for re-election this year.

The other district in the county is the Kabletown, W.Va., district.

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