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Retired firefighter/EMT running for Berkeley County sheriff

January 25, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A retired firefighter/EMT announced his candidacy Wednesday to be Berkeley County's next sheriff.

Democrat Charles C. "Chip" O'Roke, 58, of Martinsburg, said he wanted to continue his work as a public servant, which has spanned more than 40 years. He works as a court security officer at the Berkeley County Judicial Center.

"I want to continue my service as Sheriff of Berkeley County by trying to make this county a safer place for all of us to live in," O'Roke said in a news release.

"I want our children to be able to go out and play and go to school without the fear of harm."

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O'Roke's bid to replace outgoing Sheriff W. Randy Smith joins fellow Democrats Kenneth (Kenny) Lemaster Jr. and Richard "Dick" Steerman, both of Martinsburg.

Carlton "Cootsie" Dehaven of Martinsburg was the only Republican to file for the office as of Wednesday.

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