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Growth is key issue for winner in Morgan Co. Commission race

November 09, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Brenda J. Hutchinson, a Democrat from Great Cacapon, W.Va., won the race for the open Morgan County Commission seat, according to Tuesday's complete, but unofficial election results.

Hutchinson, 53, took in 57 percent of the votes with 2,463 and defeated Republican Wayne A. Omps, a businessman from Berkeley Springs, who received 1,573 votes. Write-in Republican candidate Carl Cowgill received 254 votes.

Hutchison, a real estate paralegal, led in all 13 precincts.

Hutchinson said Wednesday, "This is a vote for a new direction in Morgan County."

"The issues in the county are important, and we need to get a handle on growth and development before it's too late," she said.

Hutchinson will represent Magisterial District 1, one of three districts in Morgan County. The seat is currently held by Democrat Bob Ford, who did not seek re-election.

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District 2 and District 3 commission seats are held by Republicans Glen R. Stotler and Thomas R. Swaim, who are not up for election until 2008 and 2010, respectively.

The six-year term has a yearly salary of $34,980. Hutchinson will begin serving Jan. 2, 2007.

51st District

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Republican candidate Daryl E. Cowles is the winner of the W.Va. House of Representatives 51st District, according to Tuesday's complete but unofficial election results.

Cowles, a 36-year-old businessman from Berkeley Springs, received 59 percent of the votes in Morgan County with 1,794 votes, defeating Democrat Gary Lee Nelson, also from Berkeley Springs, who received 1,142 votes.

Most of Morgan County and a small portion of Hampshire County is in the 51st District.

Cowles received 594 votes in Hampshire County, while Nelson received 477.

Robin Mills, Mountain Party candidate from Hampshire County, received 369 votes.

Cowles said Wednesday, "I'm thankful and appreciate all the support, and I am excited and energized to go to the state capital and represent my community."

"The first couple of things I want to work on, and this is part of my campaign message, is tax reform, better pay for our teachers and rebuilding the Morgan County Courthouse," he said.

The two-year term has a yearly salary of $15,000. The position is currently held by Republican Charles S. Trump IV of Berkeley Springs, who did not seek re-election.

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