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Mitchell to run for Berkeley County magistrate

February 12, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A case coordinator for 24th Circuit Family Court judge William "Bill" Wertman formally announced her candidacy for Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Democrat Ywatta "Nessy" Mitchell, 36, of Martinsburg, is one of eight candidates vying for five seats.

"I want to ensure fairness, equality and equitable treatment under the law," Mitchell said in a news release.

"My working knowledge will promote and support an inclusive judicial system that will protect the integrity of the judiciary. I feel I possess good work ethics and qualities that are required to effectively work with participants in the judicial process while serving the legal community and the public."

Mitchell, of 137 Gemstone Drive, has been employed by the state's court system for 12 years. In her announcement, Mitchell said she was selected in 1999 to be the first family case coordinator in the Eastern Panhandle. In that capacity, she represented litigants with procedural process during the transition from the state's family law master system to the current family court system.

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A Jefferson High School and Shepherd College graduate, Mitchell said she has lived in Berkeley County for 17 years.

Also running for magistrate are Democrats Joan V. Bragg, Sandy Miller, Jim Humphrey, W. Randy Smith and Republicans Harry L. Snow, JoAnn Overington and Robert L. "Rob" Lowe.

Magistrates presiding in Berkeley County are paid $50,000 annually.

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