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Three more candidates enter Jefferson school race

January 26, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The race for three open seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education is getting crowded.

Three more candidates offering backgrounds ranging from teaching to business have filed papers in the Jefferson County Clerk's office to run for the three board of education seats currently held by Lori Stilley, Delores Milstead and Cheryl Huff.

Stilley, Milstead and Huff filed for re-election on the first day of the filing period.

Joining the race are Susan Pellish from the Shepherdstown, W.Va., district, Mariland Dunn Lee from the Middleway, W.Va., district and Ed "Pootie" Johnson from the Charles Town district.

Pellish, of 138 North Tamarack Drive, Shepherdstown, is the former head of the United Way of Jefferson County, said Nikki Painter, deputy clerk in the county clerk's office.


Pellish could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Lee is a former longtime teacher at Jefferson High School who taught advanced placement psychology, advanced placement U.S. history and advanced placement psychology.

Lee, who taught for 32 years, said she is running for the board of education because she is an advocate for the local school system and wants to offer voters a choice in the upcoming board election, which will be May 9.

Lee, 56, lives at 8150 Leetown Road in Kearneysville, W.Va.

Johnson, 75, of 17 John's Court, Charles Town, has a master's degree in administration and is a retired accountant. For 21 years, Johnson worked at the Atomic Energy Commission, now known as the U.S. Department of Energy.

Johnson also worked as a real estate broker in West Virginia and Maryland.

Johnson said one of the reasons he is running for the board is because he wants to know how funds are received and spent in the school system.

The race for board of education is nonpartisan, meaning the outcome of the race will be determined in the primary election.

In other races affecting Jefferson County voters:

· Republican Robert "Bob" Murto has filed to run for the 57th House of Delegates seat held by Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson.

Murto is a retired federal government worker who is interested in issues such as locality pay for teachers, eliminating the state food tax, increasing the homestead exemption on property taxes, local control of solid waste and completion of W.Va. 9, according to a press release.

· Bob Adams, of 261 Falcon Ridge Drive, Charles Town, has filed to run for the 58th House of Delegate seat which is currently held by Del. Locke Wysong, D-Jefferson.

Wysong has filed for re-election.

Adams has been involved in public policy and politics for about 10 years and once served as a press aide to U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., R-Oklahoma.

Adams, who ran unsuccessfully for West Virginia treasurer in 2004, said he is interested in local issues like locality pay for state employees and repealing the food tax.

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