Incumbents roll in Jefferson Co. BOE race

May 12, 2010|From Staff Reports

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Three Jefferson County Board of Education members retained their seats Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial election results.

The primary serves as the board of education's election. School board members serve four-year terms and are unpaid.

Board President Pete Dougherty received 2,852 votes from all voters in the nonpartisan race. Fellow incumbents Mariland Dunn Lee (2,277 votes) and Scott Sudduth (1,955 votes) were re-elected.

Challengers Laurie M. Ogden and Karan Townsend fell short, with 1,862 votes and 1,212 votes respectively. Townsend announced Monday she was withdrawing from the race and asked her supporters to cast their votes for Ogden.

Both Townsend and Ogden live in the Harpers Ferry Magisterial District.

Hot issues during the race were educational standards, tax dollars, salary increases and retaining teachers who might otherwise go to Virginia and Maryland.


Dougherty is a 22-year school board veteran who has served as president for 16 years. He is past president of the West Virginia School Boards Association and a member of its executive board.

In his current term, Dougherty, who represents the Kabletown Magisterial District, has seen the opening of the new Washington High School and construction started on a new elementary school on Job Corps Road.

Lee retired after teaching at Jefferson High School for 32 years. She is winding up her first four-year term on the board. Lee represents the Middleway Magisterial District.

She said she will continue to push for more and safer facilities for students as well as raises for teachers. She promised to support instruction, keep a watchful eye on expenses and promote good relations with the state board of education, local government officials, school administrators and parents.

Sudduth represents the Middleway Magisterial District. A lawyer by profession, he specializes in education advocacy.

A parent of two local elementary students, Sudduth said he will focus his second term on serving the district's employees, parents and students as well as move students from crowded classrooms to new facilities.

Jefferson County Board of Education

Pete Dougherty 2,852 votes

Mariland Dunn Lee 2,277 votes

Scott Sudduth 1,955 votes

Laurie M. Ogden 1,862 votes

Karan Townsend 1,212 votes

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