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Slover declared winner of Charles Town Council seat

June 09, 2007

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Michael Slover unseated incumbent Councilwoman Lacie Mumaw for the Ward 4 council seat following a recount of ballots cast May 24 in Charles Town's municipal election, said Matthew Ward, a member of the canvassing board.

Friday's recount ended with Slover receiving 255 votes and Mumaw 250, Ward said.

"There is a 10-day period for either candidate to contest the election," Ward said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Mumaw would do that. Slover also was unavailable for comment.

Preliminary tallies initially announced gave Mumaw a two-vote edge in the May 24 vote, but the inclusion of 21 of 25 provisional ballots resulted in a tie, with both candidates receiving 253 votes.

Ward, who served on the canvassing board with fellow council members Sandra Slusher McDonald, Geraldine Willingham, Donald Clendening and Amy Schmitt, said the panel's decision was unanimous.

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Slover, along with winning candidates Ruth McDaniel, MaryLois Gannon-Miller and Ann Paonessa, were sworn in Friday after the recount was completed and the tallies were certified, said Ward, who was elated by the Ward 4 outcome.

"The smart growth candidates swept the election," Ward said. "Happy days are here again."

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