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Petrucci unseats Teufel on Berkeley County Commission

November 05, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Commission President Steven C. Teufel lost his bid for a second term to Democratic Party nominee Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci, according to unofficial results released by County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office Tuesday evening.

Petrucci received 55.4 percent of the vote and Teufel received 40.1 percent of the ballots cast in the race, according to unofficial tallies Tuesday night. Mountain Party candidate Klaus Heitmann, who had reported spending no money on his campaign other than the filing fee, received 4.4 percent.

Berkeley County Commissioners are elected countywide to six-year terms and receive a $36,960 annual salary, according to a county classification schedule set by the State Legislature.

Petrucci, 47, had voiced opposition to the proposed zoning ordinance before being nominated by his party in West Virginia's May primary. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday's vote, Petrucci said he would advocate for commission meets to be held in different areas of the county and was supportive of increasing the size of the county commission to five members.

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Teufel, 49, was supportive of the zoning ordinance and touted his record of making government more efficient and capital improvements, including the county's new judicial center.

Little more than two weeks before election day, Petrucci's campaign treasurer reported the candidate had spent $10,019, according to finance statements filed with Small's office. Teufel's campaign reported $9,422, down substantially from 2006 when fellow Republican County Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield spent $82,040 on his campaign, records show.

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