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Small, 76,to seek another term as Berkeley Co. Clerk

September 21, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Longtime Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr. said last week he intends to seek another six-year term next year, and the Republican might have opposition in the 2010 election.

Small, 76, of Martinsburg, filed a precandidacy form Sept. 10, joining Democrat Christopher R. Ross of Martinsburg, who filed the campaign finance paperwork Aug. 21, according to the voters registration office.

Filing a precandidacy form allows candidates to lawfully accept contributions and make expenditures for an election if they choose to run for office. Candidates cannot file for an elected office until January 2010.

Appointed to the office in 1971 to replace the late Eugene Dunham, Small is the longest-serving elected officeholder in Berkeley County, officials have said.

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As of Thursday, precandidacy papers also had been filed with the voters registration office by Berkeley County Commission President Ronald K. Collins of Gerrardstown, W.Va., for another six-year term on the county commission, Arthur W. Thom II of Martinsburg for the Berkeley County Board of Education and R. Klaus Heitmann of Martinsburg for the county commission. Heitmann ran for county commission in the 2008 general election.

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