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Collins ousted in Berkeley Co. GOP County Commission primary

May 12, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Developer Doug Copenhaver Jr. ended Berkeley County Commission President Ronald K. Collins' bid for a second term Tuesday night in the Republican Party's primary, according to unofficial election results.

With all 66 precincts counted, Copenhaver of Hedgesville, W.Va., received 2,364 votes (21 percent) to finish first among seven Republican candidates vying for three nominations to run in the Nov. 2 general election, according unofficial tallies released by County Clerk John W. Small's office.

Copenhaver, 47, bested fellow Valley magisterial district Republican candidates Dan Dulyea, 48, of Inwood, W.Va., who received 1,575 votes (14 percent) and Collins, 70, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., who received 1,475 votes (13 percent), according to unofficial tallies released by County Clerk John W. Small's office.

Republicans also advancing to the Nov. 2 general election are James "Jim" Whitacre, 48, of Martinsburg, who received 1,678 votes (15 percent), and Elaine C. Mauck, 63, of Martinsburg, who received 1,462 votes (13 percent), according to unofficial results.

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While Dulyea received more votes than Mauck, no more than one candidate can be nominated from any magisterial district to run in the general election. Two districts -- Tuscarora and Norborne -- are "closed" for the 2010 election because Commissioners William L. Stubblefield and Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci, who were elected from them, are not up for re-election.

The Democratic Party's nominees for the general election are William H. "Bill" Norris, 56, of Inwood, W.Va., who received 2,709 votes (about 30 percent), Bonn A. "Buzz" Poland, 59, of Martinsburg, who received 2,343 votes (26 percent) and Matthew Barney, 31, of Inwood, who received 1,849 votes (21 percent), according to unofficial results.

Both party's nominees will be vying for three open seats on the five-member Berkeley County Council, which replaces the three-member Berkeley County Commission on Jan. 1, 2011.

Though unopposed in the Potomac district, Republican Phil Martin, 62, of Martinsburg, who received 1,436 votes (12 percent), and trailed Copenhaver, Whitacre and Mauck.

Mauck's slim lead over Martin still must withstand the possible addition of an unknown number of provisional ballots Friday when the vote is canvassed.

In the Adam-Stephen district, Mauck more easily defeated Eric C. Carper, 36, of Martinsburg who received 1,201 votes (10 percent).

Among Democratic candidates, Barney in the Valley district defeated Ken Mattson, 40, of Inwood, who received 972 votes, and Poland in the Adam-Stephen district narrowly defeated Klaus Heitmann, 52, of Martinsburg, who received 899 votes.

With the expansion of the governing board from three to five members, the top three magisterial district winners in the general election will serve six, four and two-year terms in order to stagger open seats in future elections.

Members of County Council receive a $36,960 annual salary, according to a county classification schedule set by the State Legislature.

The expansion and renaming of the Berkeley County Commission was overwhelmingly endorsed by voters in the November 2008 general election.

The governing board is responsible for oversight of a number of day-to-day county operations, including government building/property maintenance and balancing the county's budget, which now is more than $20 million.

Berkeley County Council



Republican

Ronald K. Collins (i) 1,475

Danny "Dan" Dulyea 1,575

x Doug Copenhaver Jr. 2,364

x Elaine C. Mauck 1,462

Eric C. Carper 1,201

x James "Jim" Whitacre 1,678

Phil Martin 1,436

Democrat

x Matthew S. Barney 1,849

x Bonn "Buzz" Poland 2,343

Ken Mattson 972

R. Klaus Heitmann 899

x William "Bill" Norris 2,709

With 66 of 66 precincts reporting

x - Advance to general election

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