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Top vote-getter in Martinsburg election spent the most money

July 24, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Councilman Rodney Woods received the most votes of all council candidates in the city's election last month and spent more money on his campaign than any other candidate, according to campaign finance and vote tallies.

Woods received 740 votes and spent $4,097 in his successful bid for a council at-large seat, according to campaign finance reports and official general election results filed with City Recorder Sharon A. Flick's office.

Incumbent Gregg M. Wachtel, who was re-elected to the other at-large seat, reported spending $938 and received 653 votes.

Wachtel was outspent by Kevin Knowles, who reported $2,189 in spending. Knowles received 413 votes, followed by former councilman Glenville L. Twigg, who spent $720 and received 158 votes, according to official tallies.

In the contested race for the Ward I seat, Dennis J. Etherington reported spending $1,066 and Jason W. Baker listed $274 in expenses. Etherington received 209 votes and Baker received 125.

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Mayor George Karos and council members Richard Yauger, Max G. Parkinson, Roger Lewis and Betty B. Gunnoe were unopposed and only reported their filing fees as expenses. Karos received the most votes with 965, followed by Parkinson (396), Lewis (92), Yauger (82), and Gunnoe (73) from voters in their respective wards.

Wachtel, Twigg, Baker and Etherington did not list any campaign contributors other than themselves, according to the reports.

Woods reported that all but $70 in contributions was his own money. Knowles reported a $1,000 contribution from Berkeley County Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield and $100 from Berkeley County Del. Craig Blair, both Republicans, in addition to his own money and other contributions.

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