School board, commission race heat up primary

May 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.Va. - Voters in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia will head to the polls Tuesday to select candidates in a number of races, including board of education, county commission, state House of Delegates, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Many voters were able to cast votes through an early-voting period that ran from April 19 to May 6.

In Berkeley County, Republicans Larry Faircloth, Robert Grove, Marty Kilmer, Ted Morgan and Bill Stubblefield will vie for their party's nomination for an open seat on the Berkeley County Commission.

Sonny Brown, the only Democrat running for the seat, died Friday.

In Jefferson County, voters will choose from a field of 11 candidates for four seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education.

A dozen people were running for board of education, but candidate Susan Pellish said later she was not actively campaigning and threw her support behind other candidates.


Her name will appear on the ballot.

Jefferson County Board of Education incumbents Lori Stilley, Delores Milstead and Cheryl Huff are running for re-election. The other candidates are Sandy Collier, J.J. Cook, Timothy Hayden, Gary Kable, Mariland Dunn Lee, Ed "Pootie" Johnson, Pete Dougherty and Scott Sudduth.

In Morgan County, six candidates will run for three seats on the Morgan County Board of Education. Incumbent candidates Margaret B. Gordon and Margaret H. Zembower will join candidates David R. Ambrose, Jim Golden, Bill Makinson and Larry Schultz in the race.

In the race for an open seat on the Morgan County Commission, Republicans Carl O. Cowgill, Wayne Omps, Roger Steiner Jr. and Tricia Strader will vie for their party's nomination.

The winner will face Democrat Brenda J. Hutchinson, who is unopposed in Tuesday's election, in the Nov. 7 general election.

In the 51st House of Delegates race, Republicans Abby Chapple, Daryl Cowles and George Sneathen will run for their party's nomination; Charles Evert and Gary Lee Nelson will compete for the Democratic nomination.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Eastern Panhandle Democratic voters will select between longtime incumbent Robert C. Byrd and Billy Hendricks for the Democratic nomination and Republican voters will select among Zane Lawhorn, Hiram Lewis, Paul Brown, Rick Snuffer, Bud Railey and John Raese for the Republican nomination.

In the race for the District 2 U.S. House of Representatives seat, Democratic voters will select among Mike Callaghan, Mark Hunt and Richie Robb for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face Republican incumbent Shelley Moore Capito in the fall.

The Herald-Mail Articles