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Morgan Co. primary winners look forward

May 11, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Daryl Cowles, the top primary vote-getter for the Republican Party in the House of Delegates 51st District, received more than 63 percent of GOP votes in Morgan County and said he felt humbled by the response by voters.

"It was a good night, and I am certainly humbled by Morgan and Hampshire County citizens to have the privilege to be the Republican nominee," Cowles said Wednesday.

Cowles said he will promote pro-family, pro-business and "my campaign for tax relief for regular folks," he said.

In November, Cowles will face off against the apparent Democratic Party primary winner, Gary Lee Nelson, who received just 10 more votes than Charles Downey Evert of Hampshire County, according to complete but unofficial primary results.

Nelson said Wednesday he is very happy about receiving the most votes in the race for the Democratic nomination and is looking forward to campaigning on the issues of health care, tax relief and protection of natural resources.


"These issues will be brought up everywhere I go," he said.

Evert said he intends to call and congratulate Nelson. "I'll get behind him - we have to move forward and work together," Evert said.

In the Morgan County Commission race, Brenda J. Hutchinson, a paralegal from Great Cacapon, W.Va., is the Democratic candidate primary winner. She will face off in November against business owner Wayne Omps, the Republican candidate primary winner, based on complete, but unofficial results.

"I am very appreciative of all the people who voted for me and all that participated in the primary. I will be talking with Morgan County citizens to learn what their positions are on the issues facing our county," Hutchinson said.

Margaret H. Zembower, Margaret B. Gordon, both incumbents, and newcomer David R. Ambrose were elected on Tuesday to serve on the Morgan County Board of Education, according to complete, but unofficial results.

Ambrose was the top vote-getter in District 3 and received 1,061 votes. He is a retired educator from Berkeley County, W.Va., and Washington County.

He said although he's lived in the county less than two years, he has extended family here and his parents are from Morgan County. "My candidacy was based on my teaching, coaching and administrative experience within the school system for the past 33 years," he said, attributing those factors to his successful run.

Gordon is from District 2 and has been serving on the board for the last eight years. She received 1,008 votes. "I appreciate the support and look forward to working with Margaret Zembower and David Ambrose and the rest of the board."

Zembower, who represents District 1, is a retired educator and taught school for 40 years. She has been serving on the board since 1990. She said, "I enjoy representing my district and look forward to working with David Ambrose and the other board members. We have a good board," Zembower said.

The new Board of Education forms in July.

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